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Secrets of dazzling Oscar goody bags unveiled

28 February 2006
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Should Reese Witherspoon miss out on the Oscar for best actress on Sunday, the thought of the goody bag offered to a select group of Academy Award attendees is likely to go some way to cheering her up. "It's better than Christmas," is how one previous nominee remembers the occasion. "They really go out of their way to find gifts to impress people that are not easily impressed."

As well as the latest assortment of exclusive skincare products from Estee Lauder, Academy Award hopefuls will also receive an array of must-have fashion items. The gift set includes Michael Kors aviator sunglasses and a pair of Manolo Blahnik sandals.

Winners also get to take home a custom-made tigers-eye necklace from Abraham DuPont and Baccarat crystal wine glasses.

But the most lavish treats go to the actors who hand out the statuettes. The lucky leading ladies include Jennifer Aniston, in her first year as a presenter, as well as Nicole Kidman and Uma Thurman.

In return for spending a few minutes on the Kodak Theatre stage the stars will get a $25,000 luxury three-day stay at Honolulu's Halekulani Hotel. The gift includes spa passes and, so they can stay awake for all those glitzy parties, a $600 Krups espresso machine.

Meanwhile Scottish distillery Glenlivet has come up with a tempting offer for male contenders looking to cut a dash on the red carpet. The company has hooked up with Kinloch Anderson, kiltmakers to the British royal family, to provide the likes of Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix with a Scottish outfit if they fancy standing out from the crowd.

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In addition to its Estee Lauder cosmetics, the to-die-for gift includes a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes, jewellery and expensive crystal Photo: © Newscom
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Motorola is also providing a special edition phone, packaged in a personalised box reminiscent of a vintage movie ticketPhoto: © Newscom