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Oscar hopefuls score priciest gift bags ever

February 25, 2004
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Win or lose, Academy Awards nominees won't be going home empty handed, thanks to the spectacular $100,000 gift baskets they'll receive.

The contents of the priciest Oscar goody bags ever range from jewellery and gadgets – a $6,000 state-of-the-art high definition TV set for example – to personalised indulgences, such as a French perfume bottled in Baccarat crystal emblazoned with the nominee's moniker.

Star jetsetters will enjoy the many travel freebies, including a California wine country getaway, and roundtrip business-class tickets from LA to New Zealand. Seafaring nominees can set sail on a seven-day all-expense paid cruise to the Caribbean, while a Canadian luxury getaway gift certificate – helicopter excursion and winery tour are among the perks – is also in the pricey stash.

Those who don't go home with a gong will get the $32,000 consolation prize, the "Everybody Wins At The Oscars" gift bag. It features a Caesar's Palace penthouse weekend in Las Vegas with use of a VIP cabana and limousine, four tickets to see Celine Dion and $9,000 spending money.

With the official gift bag getting more extravagant every year, some unofficial goodies for Academy Awards contenders have also joined the pack. Lingerie firm Victoria's Secret gave best actress nominees the "Lucky Angel Wings" gift set, which consists of a bra adorned with a $7,000 Mouawad diamond-encrusted pendant, with matching panties and a $5,000 bejewelled lipgloss and fragrance wand.

Estee Lauder provided a spa package spiced up with some Manolo Blahnik goods, and Buzz Bags offered up the "It's Good To Be Nominated" gift. The $12,000 basket is stuffed with designer handbags, clothing and books, as well as jewellery selected specifically to fit the taste of each nominee.

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Oscar contenders will be receiving around $100,000-worth of "official" gifts as well as some unofficial freebies, such as $7,000 diamond-encrusted lingerie from Victoria's SecretPhoto: © AFPy
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Nominees who don't take home a gong will get the $32,000 "Everybody Wins At The Oscars" package, which includes a Las Vegas weekend at Caesars Palace and four tickets to see Celine DionPhoto: © PA

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