Inside the $45K Oscar Gift Bags
Expensive trips, fancy treatments ... and Windex
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2013 10:19 AM CST
Numbered Oscar statuettes are seen backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(Newser) – Whether they win or not, every Oscar nominee will walk away happy after the awards ceremony Sunday night, because the Academy is handing them all goodie bags with $45,000 worth of loot inside. According to Australia's News Network, the gift bags include a $12,000 trip to one of two Australian resorts, but from there the contents get a little weird:

  • $120 worth of maple syrup
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Condoms
  • "The Ultimate Fuzz Remover" lint roller
  • Windex
  • Laundry bag
  • Portion-control dinnerware
  • Combination bracelet-hair tie that goes for $80
  • Water filtration system

Of course, there are other luxe items, too, including a $4,100 stay at a fitness retreat, a $5,000 "vampire facelift," $1,800 worth of private VIP service at Heathrow Airport, and hundreds of dollars worth of acupuncture, aromatherapy, nutrition, and personal training sessions. Just don't call it an "Academy Awards gift bag": A co-producer tells The Wrap that they're calling the show just "the Oscars" this year.

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Feb 23, 2013 9:18 AM CST
Those "electronic" cancerettes are loaded with poisonous nicotine and should be DESTROYED, along with whomever provided the deadly drug delivery devices and whomever approved the illegal devices!
Feb 22, 2013 3:19 PM CST
Vampire facelift very fitting for the show to be sure. All useful items?? Welcome to THE Oscars.
Feb 22, 2013 3:07 PM CST
Let's hope the IRS is watching so they can be taxed on this.