Here’s how Hollywood celebrities preserve the much coveted Academy trophies they have been honoured with
Gwyneth Paltrow keeps her Oscar in storage, according to the Scottish Daily Record. “I don’t want that thing in my house,” the newspaper quotes Paltrow as saying. “It scares me.”
Elizabeth Taylor, Emma Thompson and Susan Sarandon each keep their Oscar in the bathroom.
Jack Nicholson uses one of his Oscars as a hat stand.
Goldie Hawn’s Oscar lives in her swish LA meditation room because “trophy rooms are the opposite of me.”
Russell Crowe keeps his Oscar in a chicken coop on his Australian ranch and says it’s increased the size of his hens’ eggs.
Anna Paquin keeps her Oscar in her bedroom closet so that her friends won’t see it and feel the need to comment on it.
Richard Taylor is understandably reluctant to reveal where he keeps his Oscar statues these days. He doesn’t want to encourage a burglary, he says. “Let’s just say they are accessible.”
Olympia Dukakis also keeps her Oscar on a bookshelf in her New York home. Two days after winning the Oscar, her home was broken into and the only thing stolen was the Oscar, so the one she has now was a replacement from the Academy.
Isaac Hayes displays his Oscar at his restaurant in Memphis. He gave his Grandmother the Oscar immediately after the ceremony, when she was 80; she returned it to him on her 100th birthday and died at age 105 in 1997.
Olivia de Havilland keeps her two Oscars at her Paris home on a bookshelf. She suspects it was a French customs official who broke her Oscar for The Heiress when she moved to Paris in the late 50s. She never had it fixed.
Vivien Leigh was supposed to be a presenter at the Oscars one year, but she had a nervous breakdown and was taken to the hospital. While there, thieves broke into her home and stole her Oscar as well as some other valuables.
Marlon Brando wrote in his autobiography that he’s lost track of his Oscar for On The Waterfront, not having seen it or had any clue to its whereabouts for decades.
Harold Russell, winner of two Academy Awards auctioned one off in 1991 to pay for his wife’s surgery.
Supposedly, Woody Allen has never picked up any of his Oscars and they remain waiting for him. This legend is brought into question however by a statement he made at the 74th Academy Awards when he said he was afraid, when he got a call from the Academy, that they wanted their Oscars back.
Jimmy Stewart’s Oscar for The Philadelphia Story spent many years on display at his father’s hardware store in Indiana.