Sunday, March 7, 2010

They Keep Their Oscars Where?

Tonight (Sunday, March 7) is the Academy Awards ceremony where the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences hands out Oscars to the winners in a multitude of categories including Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress and Best Supporting Actor and Actress. But once the hoopla of the night dies down and dawn brings the next day, where do the winners keep the coveted statuette?

Russell Crowe (Best Actor 2001—Gladiator) keeps his at his Australian ranch in the chicken coop where he says it inspires the chickens to lay larger eggs.

Timothy Hutton (Best supporting Actor 1981—Ordinary People) keeps his in his refrigerator. His sister put it there as a joke and it's still there.

Jack Nicholson (Best Actor 1998—As Good As It Gets, Best Actor 1976—One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Best Supporting Actor 1984—Terms Of Endearment) is rumored to use one of this three Oscars as a hat stand.

Goldie Hawn (Best Supporting Actress 1970—Cactus Flower) says her Oscar lives in her Meditation Room

Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor 1980—Kramer vs. Kramer, Best Actor 1989—Rain Man) says he used to keep them out of sight, but now they're on his mantel in his study.

Cate Blanchett (Best Supporting Actress 2005—The Aviator) used to keep it on her grand piano but has recently moved it to her study.

Mira Sorvino (Best Supporting Actress 1996—Mighty Aphrodite) keeps her Oscar on her dresser in her bedroom along with some childhood memories.

Liza Minnelli (Best Actress 1972—Cabaret) keeps hers next to the one her father, Vincente Minnelli, earned as Best Director in 1958 for Gigi.

Catherine Zeta-Jones (Best Supporting Actress 2003—Chicago) keeps her Oscar in her house in Bermuda because not many Oscars have lived there.

Jodie Foster (Best Actress 1989—The Accused, Best Actress 1992—The Silence Of The Lambs) says she used to keep them in the bathroom because they looked good with the faucets, but when they began to corrode on the bottom she moved them to a trophy case in the den.

Emma Thompson (Best Actress 1994—Howard's End, Best Adapted Screenplay 1996—Sense And Sensibility) keeps her Oscars in the bathroom. "They're great big, gold, shiny things. They're up there tarnishing quietly along with everything else I own, including my body."

Elizabeth Taylor, Susan Sarandon, Lionel Richie, and Sean Connery are also rumored to keep their Oscars in their bathrooms.

Gwyneth Paltrow (Best Actress 1999—Shakespeare In Love) keeps her Oscar in storage. "I don’t want that thing in my house. It scares me."

Tilda Swinton (Best Supporting Actress 2008—Michael Clayton) gave her Oscar to her agent as she promised in her acceptance speech.

Jamie Foxx (Best Actor 2004—Ray) gave his to his manager.

Angelina Jolie (Best Supporting Actress 2000—Girl, Interrupted) gave it to her mother.

Jimmy Stewart (Best Actor 1941—The Philadelphia Story) sent his Oscar to his father in Pennsylvania who displayed it in the window of the family's hardware store for twenty-five years.

Shelley Winters (Best Supporting Actress 1960—the Diary Of Anne Frank) donated her Oscar to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam. She kept her second one for 1965's A Patch Of Blue.

Olympia Dukakis (Best supporting Actress 1988—Moonstruck) had her Oscar stolen two days after she won it. It was the only thing taken by thieves who broke into her house.

Hattie McDaniel (Best Supporting Actress 1940—Gone With The Wind) willed her Oscar to Howard University in Washington, D.C. It disappeared during the campus riots in the 1960s.

And as for the new Oscar recipients—the envelope, please…


Debra St. John said...

Hmmmn? Fun post.

I'll have to consider the bathroom for keeping all of the writing awards I'm sure to win one day! That seems to be the place to put them!

Samantha Gentry said...

Hi, Debra. The bathroom surprised me, but it did seem to be the location of choice for many of the winners. It does allow one to stare at it uninterrupted while soaking in the tub. :)

Adriana said...

Hi Samantha, what a fun list! Will you be watching tonight? I'm rooting for Sandra Bullock, how about you?


Samantha Gentry said...

Hi, Adriana: Unfortunately I'll have to read about them in the morning instead of watching tonight.

susan said...

What a thoughtful article. The bathroom surprised me too. I was sure they would all be on display in a special spot of the house but never the bathroom. Si glad Sandra Bullock won. susan L.

Samantha Gentry said...

Susan: Me, too. I thought an Oscar would be on display in the most prominant place in the house. If it belonged to me, that's what I'd do.

Sandra Bullock is the subject on my next website trivia contest which should be available in a couple of days.