Oscar: Dreyfuss, Richard–Place of his Award

Richard Dreyfuss, who won the Best Actor Oscar for The Goodbye Girl, keeps the award in the refrigerator.

“I don’t like to brag, but I like everyone to know about it,” the actor said. “Sooner or later, I know they are all going to go to the refrigerator.”

Dreyfuss revealed the news at Diane Keaton’s recent AFI Life Achievement Award presentation. They both won the same night, back in 1978 — Keaton for best actress in Annie Hall, a film that won a total of four Oscars, including best picture. The only nomination that didn’t turn to gold was Woody Allen’s best actor prize — because of Dreyfuss.

“Diane and I never got to talk that night, but I thought it was totally appropriate that Annie Hall won everything it won and that I won what I won. It would’ve been out of balance for Woody to have won best actor, but he won everything else,” Dreyfuss says.

“He deserved to win everything else. She was great, the script was extraordinary. It’s the greatest romantic comedy since the end of the Second World War. You can watch it now as if it’s brand new and get introduced to this grown-up, imaginative Woody Allen introducing this extraordinary, singular, eccentric woman.”