Kate Winslet has given a brilliant reason for why she opts to keep her Oscar statue in the bathroom and it got us thinking, where do celebrities keep their coveted trophies?
Do they construct a pedestal? Shine a spotlight on them? Visit them each day for a quick do-over of their speech? In a word: no. In fact, sock drawers, bathrooms and the fridge seem to be the trophy cabinets of choice.
Winslet scooped Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for The Reader at 2009’s ceremony and has since kept her statue in the bathroom for a very sweet reason: “The whole point is for everybody to pick it up and go, ‘I’d like to thank my son and my dad,’” Winslet told The Wall Street Journal. “And you can always tell when someone has, because they’re in there a little bit longer after they flushed. They’ll come out looking slightly pink-cheeked. It’s hysterical.” Winslet admitted during her own acceptance speech that she used to do exactly that with a shampoo bottle when she was growing up.
Former Batman star Christian Bale doesn’t have much say in where his awards go, including his Oscar trophy. After his best supporting actor win for 2010’s The Fighter, Bale told NY Daily News that his then five-year-old daughter took charge. “I would arrive home, open the door, my daughter would walk up and say, ‘I’ll take that then, thank you!’
“So she has them, she does what she wants with them and I’m very happy about that.”
With two wins under her belt (1993’s Howards End and 1996’s Sense and Sensibility), Thompson found the best place to house her statuettes was in the bathroom. “They look far too outré anywhere else. They’re great big, gold, shiny things,” she told the Guardian. We bargain many pals have made various trips to the loo to give their own acceptance speeches a whirl in the mirror.
Thomspon may need to re-think her choice, however. Jodie Foster also kept her two trophies in the bathroom (one for 1988’s The Accused and the other for 1991’s Silence of the Lambs) but found they needed to be moved. “They look good with the faucets, but when they started getting corroded on the bottom I had to move them to a trophy case in my den,” Foster told ABC news.
After her 2005 victory for Walk the Line, Reese Witherspoon had some very clear thoughts on what she wanted to do with her Oscar. It was either to be a door knocker or a very large statement necklace. Later she had to admit defeat telling People, “neither one of those options was very practical, I just keep it in my living room.”
Hutton historically has the best story for where his Oscar statue lives – in the fridge. It was apparently his sister’s idea when they were having a party after his win for 1980’s Ordinary People.
“She thought that would be kind of funny to put the Oscar in the refrigerator when people would go grab a beer or something… it’s still there,” Hutton told USA Today.
Rumour has it Morgan Freeman’s builder decided where his Oscar would go. He built a cabinet in Freeman’s house while there doing other work and left a sign above it saying ‘No Parking: Oscar Only’. When the actor won in 2004 for his supporting role in Million Dollar Baby, that’s exactly where it went.
Jennifer Lawrence’s 2013 win is memorable for several reasons: her amazing turn in Silver Linings Playbook, tripping up the stairs to collect the trophy… but the actress says it was “odd” having it on display in her house.
“My parents took it back to Kentucky,” she told Hello magazine. “If anybody’s coming over to my house, I didn’t want them to remember that. Just kind of puts a weird energy out.”
Everyone keeps important stuff in their sock drawer, right?
Paquin won an Oscar at just 12 years of age, scooping best supporting actress for 1993’s The Piano and now it’s nestled among her cottons.
“I keep it in the sock drawer of my wardrobe at home, otherwise it would make my friends feel strange,” Paquin told the Daily Mail.
Goldberg had to shake off her confusion about where to keep her Oscar (won for 1991’s Ghost) joking to NY Daily News, “[I thought] I’ll put it in my room, but then I’ll have to clean my room to visitor standards. Then, I realised… you’re overthinking this! Put it on the book shelf…. And that’s what I did.”