For most actors, the idea of finally climbing onto that stage and accepting that little gold man, while your peers quietly seethe behind forced smiles, is the stuff of dreams.
But then most actors aren’t Johnny Depp, because he has no interest in winning an Oscar, instead claiming: “It’s an honour just to be nominated.”
Depp’s performance as infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in new thriller Black Mass has set tongues wagging on the award season circuit, but instead of lapping it up, Captain Jack has been quick to dispel any hype.
During the premiere for Black Mass at the London Film Festival, Depp explained to the BBC his reasons for avoiding an Oscar: ‘I don’t want to win one of those things ever, you know.
‘The idea of winning means that you’re in competition with someone and I’m not in competition with anybody.
‘I just stick to my guns and do what I want to do. Sometimes people don't like it but that's alright.’
He continued: ‘They gave me one of those things, like a nomination, two or three times, a nomination is plenty.’
The nominations in question were for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003, Finding Neverland in 2004 and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 2008.
But Depp may soon find he has competition from daughter Lily-Rose, who is rumoured to be starring in four films next year, as well as becoming one of the darlings of the fashion world.
During a recent interview with Gala Magazine he said: ‘To be honest, I'm quite worried, I wasn't expecting all this to happen to Lily-Rose, especially not at this age. But it's her passion, and she's having fun.’