Cate Blanchett planned to use her Oscar as a bookend.
The Australian actress - who won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 2005 for 'The Aviator' and is being heavily tipped to win the Best Supporting Actress gong this year for her portrayal of Bob Dylan in 'I'm Not There' - originally came up with a quirky use for her gold statuette.
Cate, 38, said: "At first I thought I'd do something quite amusing with it, like use it as a bookend. But all my friends wanted to see it and touch it, and pose with it for photographs. So it's on the grand piano at home in Sydney."
Despite her Oscar win, the pregnant Hollywood star has always been sceptical about awards, and believes they can even damage a career.
She said: "I think an Academy Award can be a bit of a curse. I can think of several actors and actresses who have won and then not worked again for some time."