But there has been one, and only one, time that Allen appeared at the Oscars. He took the stage at the 2002 ceremonies, to show his support for New York in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and urge the industry to keep making movies in the Big Apple.
In his own kind of personal love letter to the wounded city, he said New York was still a great, romantic, exciting place. In more typical Allen fashion, he acknowledged the standing ovation by quipping, "Thank you very much. That makes up for the strip search."
Now, Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," his love letter to the City of Light, has him front and center at Oscar time once again.
Is he likely to be a winner? Thelma Adams, contributing editor for Yahoo! Movies, tells us that "Midnight in Paris" has its best chance for an Oscar with its writing, and that in the best original screenplay category, it's the one to beat.
And will Allen be a no-show once again? When ABC News contacted his publicist's office on Wednesday, we were told they were not able to comment on that.
But, if 90 percent of life is showing up, when the awards are handed out Sunday night, Woody Allen will probably stick with the 10 percent.