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

(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.

Numbered Oscar statuettes are seen backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
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)
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