Being nominated for an award in one of the big Oscar categories is pretty cool. Firstly, there’s at least a one in five chance you’ll win. Secondly, even if you lose, you still get to have the words ‘Academy Award Nominee’ above your name on every film poster you appear on from here until eternity. And thirdly, you get given a really, really huge goodie bag.
A company called Distinctive Assets is in charge of the “swag bag” for all the nominees in the best actress, best actor, best supporting actress, best supporting actor, and best director categories. This year’s haul was reportedly worth between £80,500 ($100,000) and £160,000 (almost $199,000) – meaning that Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Ruth Negga, Michelle Williams et al could have headed home with a lot more than just precious memories on Sunday night.
Of course, whether the stars actually take said swag bags is another matter. Distinctive Assets isn’t officially affiliated with the Oscars (the Academy even sued last year to try and stop the company throwing random products at its nominees), and accepting the gifts could reportedly result in celebrities being hit with a massive tax bill.
Still, the bags’ contents offer a revealing – and random – look at what people think A-list celebrities will want on the biggest night of their lives, ranging from the small-but-useful (ChapStick) to the huge-and-awesome (luxury holidays).
Also included are some rather more, shall we say, niche products. It seems debatable whether Natalie Portman will delight in a package containing ‘cellulite massage mats’, hair loss serum and anti-sweat patches, but maybe she will! We, after all, do not know her life.
Scroll down to see a selection of the items included in the ‘Everyone Wins’ Oscar nominee gift bag.
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