What would you do with an Oscar if you won one? Casually display it as a bookend? Give it to your mom? Here’s where 10 Academy Award winners keep their little golden guys.
1. In the fridge. Timothy Hutton won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Ordinary People in 1981. He recently said he and his sister were having a party at his house a few years ago when she decided to stick his Oscar in the fridge so that people going to grab a beer would be entertained. He enjoyed the joke and says he's kept it there ever since.
2. At dad’s hardware store. Patrons of the J.M. Stewart & Co. hardware store in Indiana, Pennsylvania, probably wouldn’t have been that surprised to find an Academy Award hanging out amongst the saws and paintbrushes. When Jimmy Stewart won his Oscar in 1941 for his lead role in The Philadelphia Story, he promptly sent his award to his father, who displayed it in the family store for 25 years.
3. At home, dressed up in Barbie clothes. John Lasseter of Pixar has two Oscars under his belt – Best Animated Short (“Tin Toy” in 1989) and a Special Achievement Award for Toy Story in 1996. “We discovered that Barbie clothes actually fit pretty well,” he once commented. “Oscar’s shoulders are a little broader, so we let them out a little.” I guess that happens when you have five kids.
4. In the underwear drawer. Because that’s where you keep all valuables, isn’t it? After Kevin Costner won Best Director for Dances with Wolves in 1991 (it also won Best Picture), he stashed his award in his underwear drawer for a few years. He has since had a trophy case built and keeps Oscar in there. Do you suppose he keeps his Razzie for The Postman in there as well?
5. On the dresser, used as a hat stand. I suppose when you start racking up the Oscars like Jack Nicholson has, you have to find inventive uses for them. Rumor has it Jack uses one of his three to hold a chapeau or two.
6. At grandma’s house. Until his grandma turned 100, Isaac Hayes’ Oscar (he won in ’72 for the theme song to Shaft) lived at her house. She gave it back to him on her 100th birthday and he displayed it at his restaurant in Memphis after that.
7. In the living room. The location isn’t necessarily unusual, but the fact that Reese Witherspoon keeps it accessible so friends can practice their acceptance speeches is pretty fun. She won Best Actress for her role as June Carter Cash in 2005’s Walk the Line.
8. On an “especially constructed shelf in my boudoir.” Olivia de Havilland won a pair of Best Actress Oscars in the ‘40s – one for To Each His Own and one for The Heiress. When a fan wrote her and asked where she was keeping her awards, she replied with a letter that said, “I am looking at them now– they stand upon an especially constructed shelf in my boudoir and behind them, framed, are the five Certificates of Nominations.”
9. At the beach. OK, so Penelope Cruz doesn’t keep her Oscar at the beach, but she definitely took him to the beach. “I have it in my house in Spain and I still haven’t found the right place for it,” she told a reporter on the set of Nine, “but, for the first month after I won it, I was so excited about it that I took it everywhere with me. I took it — this is true — I took it to the beach one day.”
10. In the library. Speaking of Nine, Penelope’s costar in the movie, Sophia Loren, didn’t think much of Oscar taking a trip to the beach. “It’s very heavy, and it doesn’t float,” she commented during the same interview. Sophia prefers to keep hers in the library.
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