Not only do Oscar nominees get to rub shoulders with Zendaya and Andrew Garfield in their best red carpet finery, but they also get insanely expensive gift bags because the world’s not a fair place.
LA-based marketing agency Distinctive Assets distributed their famous ‘Everybody Wins’ Oscar gift bags to select nominees. Even though the company is not affiliated with the Academy, these extravagant gift bags have become an Oscar tradition over the years. In 2020, the nominees received a chance to go on a 12-day luxury expedition through Antarctica and the Mediterranean (valued at a little over $70,000, that’s over INR 50 Lakhs, in case you’re wondering), and $25,000 worth cosmetic treatments.
This year’s gift bag has been valued at over $137,000 (INR 1 Crore approx), with items ranging from a $50,000 stay at a Scottish castle to a designer popcorn package. Reportedly, only 28 people would be receiving the gift bag this year, including all the nominees for ‘Best Actor’, ‘Best Actress’, ‘Best Supporting Actor’, ‘Best Supporting Actress’, and ‘Best Director’. The three hosts, Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall would also be receiving the swag bag.
What’s Inside This Year’s Oscar Gift Bag?
The most expensive item in the bag this year is a $50,000 three-night stay at Turin Castle in Scotland, inspired by ‘Best Actor’ nominee Dezel Washington’s movie The Tragedy Of Macbeth. The bag also offers 52 other gift items, including a $12,000 liposuction procedure from a celebrity cosmetic surgeon, $25,000 worth of home renovations from a LA-based construction company, $10,000 worth ‘rejuvenation’ procedures, a $15,000 four-night stay for two at a luxury resort in California, and the title of ‘Lord’ or ‘Lady of Glencoe’, along with a plot of land in Scotland.
Before you start working on your ‘Eat The Rich’ picket signs, know that these celebrities would still be paying taxes on these gift items if they accept them. They’ll still be rejuvenated, fit, and owners of a plot in Scotland, but small wins count, right?