OSCAR-winning producer Marty Richards is keeping his coveted award very, very safe.

According to reports on American gossip site PAGESIX.COM, the Chicago movie-maker took the award home, rolled it bubblewrap, masking tape, a pair of pajamas and then stole two towels to wrap them up.

He then tied it up with a sock and bought a new leather bag to send it home in.

Richards says, "And we called ahead so nobody'd undo that big deal at the metal detector. Instead, they put the whole carrybag into some X-ray machine."