The 95th Academy Awards were held late Sunday night in Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre. While many film industry stars received the coveted Oscars trophy, nominees who did not make it onto the winner’s list received a lavish consolation prize.
It was hosted by popular late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel, who had returned for his third stint as the host of the 95th Academy Awards.
Each Oscar 2023 nominee receives a goodie bag whether they take home an Academy Award or not. Gift bags range from locally owned businesses to well-known international brands.
Oscar 2023 nominees took home a gift bag worth $126,000 (roughly Rs 1.03 crore). It includes a three-night stay in a restored Italian lighthouse and a $40,000 getaway to a 10-acre Canadian estate.
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Oscar nominees get the ‘Everyone Wins’ goodie bags each year
Each year, Distinctive Assets, a Los Angeles-based company distributes the “Everyone Wins” gift bag to nominees in the main categories, including Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director. Though the marketing company is not affiliated with the Oscars, it has been giving away the gift bag since 2002.
What’s inside the 2023 Oscars Goodie bag?
The 2023 Oscars gift bag contains 60 items in total. According to media reports, these range from a $9,000 (nearly Rs 7.3 lakh) three-night stays for eight people in a restored Italian lighthouse to a $40,000 (Rs 32.7 lakh) getaway to a 10-acre Canadian estate called The Lifestyle.
According to Distinctive Assets founder Lash Fary, the Italian hillside lighthouse is a one-of-a-kind location on an island off the coast of Italy with built-in privacy for celebrities.
Other gift bag contents include $25,000 in project management fees for Maison Constructions’ home restoration and $41,000 in cosmetic procedures such as lipo arm sculpting, hair restoration, and a facelift. The bag also includes a $13.56 pack of Clif Thins and a $18 loaf of Ginza Nishikawa Japanese milk bread.
Who receives the Oscars gift bags?
All nominees for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress receive the “Everyone Wins” Oscars gift bag. Nominees can refuse gifts, as actor Denzel Washington did last year, or donate them to a charity auction, as actor JK Simmons did.
Austin Butler, Michelle Yeoh, Steven Spielberg, Colin Farrell, Cate Blanchett, Ana De Armas, Michelle Williams, and Judd Hirsch are among the nominees this year. The bag will be distributed to 26 people in the top five categories.