Matthew McConaughey, inset, and Liza Minnelli during a March 2013 performance (Photo: AP)
The Hollywood veteran, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in "Cabaret" (1972), has emerged as the No. 1 fan of "Dallas Buyers Club" and of McConaughey's performance as Ron Woodroof, the electrician and hustler who ends up smuggling unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into the U.S. after he's diagnosed with AIDS. While doing hostess duties at a luncheon for East Coast Academy members in support of the film, the legendary "Cabaret" star joked to McConaughey, "If you don't win the Academy Award, I'm giving you mine!"
If Minnelli actually did follow through on her jest, she wouldn't be the first Oscar winner to give away her golden statuette for one reason or another. Here are a few other Hollywood stars who are no longer in possession of their Academy Award.
1. Jamie Foxx: Best Actor, "Ray" (2004)
This summer's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" villain feared his Oscar might one day disappear from his house, so he gave it to his manager for safekeeping.
"My manager keeps it in his house. I got too many people coming to my house. I don't want it to walk off," said Foxx in an interview with Inside Movies. "People stealing it and leaving me with an Oscar Mayer instead. Like, what's this doing here?"
2. Isaac Hayes: Best Original Song, "Shaft" (1972)
The late, great Isaac Hayes won an Oscar for his song describing a "black private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks" — and gave it to his grandmother, who was 80 at the time. She returned the statue to him on her 100th birthday, after which he displayed it at his Memphis restaurant.
3. Angelina Jolie: Best Supporting Actress, "Girl, Interrupted" (1999)
Angelina Jolie had a very brief encounter with her Oscar. "I haven't seen it since the day I won it," she told James Lipton during an "Inside the Actor's Studio" interview in 2005. "I don't hold onto awards because I think it's good not to have them around."
The star of this summer's upcoming Disney extravaganza "Maleficent" gave her statue to her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who died in 2007 — and it's since gone missing.
4. Jennifer Lawrence: Best Actress, "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012)
Jennifer Lawrence, when she still had her Oscar (Photo: Splash News)
"My parents took it back to Kentucky," said the actress who might very well win another Oscar this year for her performance in "American Hustle." "I felt odd having it, like, on display in my house. If anybody's coming over to my house, I didn't want them to remember that. Just kind of puts a weird energy out."
5. Tilda Swinton: Best Supporting Actress, "Michael Clayton" (2007)
One of the many stars of Wes Anderson's upcoming "The Grand Budapest Hotel" gave her Oscar to her "American agent," Brian Swardstrom, whose features she described in her acceptance speech as strongly resembling those of the statue, especially the "buttocks."
And then there are those who have lost their statues either to theft (Olympia Dukakis, Whoopi Goldberg, William Hurt) or misplacement (Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges). And then there's Colin Firth, who left his on the toilet the very night he received it (he got it back).
The 86th Academy Award nominees will be announced on Jan. 16 ... which means Matthew McConaughey could get Liza Minnelli's Oscar as early as next week.
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