A man has been arrested for trying to steal Frances McDormand's Oscar at an aftershow ball

Frances McDormand

  • A man has been arrested for trying to steal Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar award at an aftershow ball, according to multiple outlets.
  • An LAPD spokesperson told Deadline that Terry Bryant, 47, is facing a charge of felony grand theft for allegedly stealing the Oscar.
  • USA Today reported Sunday night that McDormand was eventually “reunited” with her award after “a scary post-show celebration separation.”

A man has been arrested for trying to steal Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar award at an aftershow ball, according to multiple news outlets.

An LAPD spokesperson told Deadline that Terry Bryant, 47, is facing a charge of felony grand theft for allegedly stealing the Oscar.

USA Today reported Sunday night that McDormand was eventually “reunited” with her award after “a scary post-show celebration separation.”

A tweet from New York Times reporter Cara Buckley on Sunday provided further detail into the attempted theft from a then-unidentified man: Wolfgang Puck’s photographer apparently stopped the man  from leaving the ball with the trophy. The man then “disappeared back into the ball,” after McDormand said to let him go.

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Variety notes that Bryant, while in possession of the Oscar, posted a video with it on Facebook. In the video he kisses the trophy repeatedly and says, “Got this tonight! This is mine. We got it tonight, baby!”

McDormand won the best actress award for her performance as a grieving mother in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” (The film was nominated for six other Oscars, including best picture. McDormand’s costars, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, both received nominations for best supporting actor, and Rockwell won the film’s only other Oscar for best supporting actor.)  

On Sunday night, a representative for McDormand confirmed to USA Today that McDormand was “happily reunited” with her trophy.

“Fran and Oscar are happily reunited and are enjoying an In-N-Out burger together,” the rep wrote.

SEE ALSO: All the winners at the 2018 Oscars

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'Criminal Minds': Why Barnes' Investigation Shouldn't End with … – BuddyTV (blog)

Criminal Minds has been through plenty of team losses and changes over the years, and it has just kicked off a storyline that could end with another — but it shouldn’t. While Barnes acted like it was just a standard review for the one year anniversary of Reid’s arrest in Mexico that took Prentiss out of the field and put J.J. temporarily in charge, the Assistant Director revealed to Prentiss that they were really there to discuss the state of the BAU under her leadership.

But with Prentiss refusing to do anything but stand by her team and their actions and Barnes with her own motives and the power to do something, this wasn’t going to go away so quickly, not even with Emily easily defending every “problem” Barnes brought up. Season 13 episode 14 ended with Prentiss suspended indefinitely.

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But rather than something coming from Barnes’ “fishing expedition,” the team should come out stronger and a more cohesive unit, no one should leave and, most importantly, Barnes should not win. Any other outcome would likely mean another shakeup and another change that results in yet something new for the BAU and for viewers to have to get used to, as they have with the new team members especially in recent seasons.

Make It the Team Against the World (or, in This Case, Barnes)

We’ve already had some pretty great scenes between Prentiss and Barnes, two powerful women who are not backing down, and while I’d love to see more of that — Paget Brewster and Kim Rhodes were excellent battling one another with their characters’ intellect — there’s now the chance to see how the rest of the team reacts with Barnes now overseeing the unit.

In the next episode, “Annihilator,” she’ll be joining the team on their investigation, and we should see how everyone, especially Simmons, whose former unit she disbanded, reacts to her presence, especially since she has suspended their unit chief. The BAU has been through more changes in more recent seasons than in earlier ones — last season saw the addition of two new team members, Luke and Stephen, and after Stephen died and the IRT disbanded, Prentiss brought Simmons over — and they’re just not clicking entirely like they used to when we saw the same people season to season.

Barnes gives them all someone to stand against — but not in a way that encourages her even further to want to break up the team. Instead, we have the opportunity to see the team be a united front, much like they are in the season 13 episode 15 promo:

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The BAU Works Well — Don’t Change That (Yet)

By the end of this arc, Prentiss should be reinstated as unit chief, but that’s not to say that J.J. isn’t the right person for the job. We’ve probably seen her grow the most out of all the characters, and she did a good job as acting unit chief in “Miasma,” so she should be the leader of her own team one day, just not yet. Depending on how long the series goes, that could be how it ends: with J.J. stepping into that role and the audience knowing she’ll excel because she already has on-screen.

But right now, Prentiss is doing exactly what someone in her position should: standing by her team and their actions and refusing to cater to the whims of someone like Barnes. Viewers were used to seeing Hotch in charge for years, but Prentiss has shown since she’s taken on the role that she’s more than capable and definitely the right person for the job. She has the experience, she has the “respect, support and capital,” as she told Barnes, and she refuses to play the assistant director’s game.

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In their conversations, Barnes singled out Rossi and Reid, suggesting the former was too busy with his books and family and the latter a more natural fit for academia, but Prentiss refused to name a “fall guy” so the FBI would avoid some bad PR. And while that did suggest that one of those two could be on the way out (if Barnes had her wish), it’s just as likely that every team member’s name and a “problem” will come out of Barnes’ mouth before the end of this arc.

But it’s the agents that make this team what it is, and that is a team that gets the job done. Sure, they’ve continued to do that even as agents have come and gone, but it’s the team dynamic that has people tuning in each week. Keep messing with that and the show isn’t the same. There needs to be some stability, like there was in earlier seasons. It’s time to get back to that, and here’s the perfect time to show they can: by not having the BAU change in any way this season.

Barnes Shouldn’t Win (Again)

“Your specialty is remaking units and divisions in your image, slimming them down, dividing their resources, so you can maximize their efficiency,” Prentiss told Barnes. Now, that’s not all bad. No one can argue against maximizing a unit’s efficiency. What is a problem is what Prentiss said next: Barnes wants power, and for her, that means she wants to be the director one day. But given how she’s butting heads with the BAU and specifically Prentiss right now, that’s not something that will benefit them and therefore the series.

Barnes already won when it came to the IRT from Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, as we’ve heard from Matt Simmons about his former unit. And with her putting J.J. in charge and questioning her about the decision to promote Prentiss over her, it seems like Barnes has already started to try to remake the BAU into her image, suggesting she knows she can’t just disband their team like she did the IRT. What she should see instead is that the BAU can remain loyal to one another while following bureau policy and doing their jobs in such a way that makes it impossible for her to even attempt to do what she did to the IRT with the BAU.

How do you think Barnes’ investigation should end for the BAU?

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The Cardinal and the Colourful Criminal Lawyer – Lawfuel (blog)

The prosecution of the Vatican’s top echelon Cardinal Pell in Melbourne has seen his lawyer, one of LawFuel’s Power Listers, Robert Richter QC, demonstrates another highlight in the legal career of the colourful lawyer.

Having formerly represented people such as John Elliott of Elders IXL and underworld boss Nick Gatto, when he had Gatto removed from jail and an accompanying murder charge after Gatto shot dead ­Andrew “Benji’’ Veniamin in a restaurant in 2004.  He now has his most famous client, the highest ranking Catholic to face sex offences, with the eyes of the legal world upon him.

Cardinal Pell faces charges that he had assaulted children in his former home in the city of Ballarat nearly 40 years ago, where the Cardinal’s career began.

But for Robert Richter, his selection was by no means obvious.  Some consider him to be too old, at 72, and perhaps too theatrical.  Given to the role of the “celebrity barrister” he wears a panama hat and his owl glasses and is given to courtroom theatrics in the manner of a flamboyant courtroom lawyer of old.

But his preparation and occasionally dazzling cross examination, when he can counter answers no matter how logical or illogical they may appear, have won him his huge roster of cases, as well as his fans.

As the Sydney Morning Herald noted, “the celebrity silk’s reputation for skewering witnesses – and winning cases – has delivered him the most high-profile case in his long and storied career.”  And that was the main reason Robert Richter was selected, with his opening skewering of the police case demonstrating that he had lost none of his ‘touch’.

To quote the SMH:

Richter is arguably Australia’s foremost criminal defence counsel, feted for his forensic intellect and courtroom advocacy, and for his ability to smuggle clients through the tiniest windows of plausible deniability.

Briefed by Melbourne law firm Galbally & O’Bryan, the case opened some eyes as that same firm previously represented one of Cardinal Pell’s accusers, Phil Scott.  Although cleared of any such offence by an internal church inquiry, the presumption appeared to be that the firm believed Pell guilty.  Not so now, it would appear.

Richter Background

Richter’s family history gives him a certain affinity with those facing tough choices and life-and-death issues.

Born in the former Soviet state of Kirghiz Republic of a Polish Jewish father and Ukarainian mother, he moved to Germany to live in a refugee camp before moving to Israel before moving to Melbourne when he was 13.

Eventually choosing a law degree, partly to help redress wrongs he and his family had previously suffered, he soon graduated with distinction and entered the field of civil and later criminal law, treading where many ‘silver spoon’ barristers may never have ventured.

Now, with the Cardinal Pell case, he has raised his head well above the parapet again to demonstrate his abilities both in the court – and the court of public opinion.

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