The Graduate star has won two Oscars, for his performances in Kramer vs. Kramer and Rain Man, and has notched up a slew of other nominations, but he insists the prize-giving is not as glamorous as it looks.
Hoffman reveals he once planned to liven up the show by scrawling an expletive on his body, but his wife wouldn't let him go through with the prank.
He tells Maxim magazine, "It's boring! It lasts forever, and don't think you're seeing spontaneous behaviour. You see couples who are suddenly smooching, and, well, there's a guy sitting on the ground with the camera at their knees.
"There was one particular time I knew I wasn't going to win, and when they'd train the camera on me as one of the losers, I wanted to be able to rip open my tuxedo shirt and just have stencilled on my chest, 'oh, s**t'. But my wife wouldn't let me do it."