Tuesday 17 October 2017

Ruth Negga and Consolata Boyle to bag €188,000 of goodies at Oscars

Ruth Negga is nominated in the Best Actress category. Photo: REUTERS
Ruth Negga is nominated in the Best Actress category. Photo: REUTERS
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Regardless of whether she wins or loses, Irish Oscar hopeful Ruth Negga won't be leaving LA's Dolby Theatre empty handed.

The 'Loving' actress and her fellow nominees will receive a luxurious goodie bag reportedly worth €188,000.

The contents of this year's 'swag bag' include five separate holidays, a 10-year supply of oxygenating makeup products, diet pills, and personalised Crayola crayons.

Stars can enjoy a six-day holiday in Hawaii, followed by three days at the €1,000-a-night Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como, Italy, and then head to the Lost Coast Ranch in Northern California.

The nominees will also get 10 sessions with celebrity trainer Alexis Seletzky (€1,000), an Oomi smart home system, and a Dandi Patch sweat patch - which will hide visible sweat marks on red carpet dresses.

A state-of-the-art Dual Haze Dual Vaporizer, a year-long supply of "long life Opal apples" and a chap stick will also be in the mix.

They are somewhat tamer than last year's gift bags which contained an array of sex toys and a voucher for a "vampire breast lift".

The goodie bags are not officially endorsed by the Academy Awards - the board was forced to stop giving out gifts themselves in 2006 after a dispute with the US Internal Revenue Service.

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Negga will attend the 89th Academy Awards on February 26 with her other half Dominic Cooper.

She is up for Best Actress and will go head to head with Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Natalie Portman and Isabelle Huppert.

She is not the only Irish woman to have received the nod from the Academy.

Costume designer Consolata Boyle has been nominated for her work on 'Florence Foster Jenkins'. Ms Boyle was previously nominated in 2007 for her work on 'The Queen'.

Speaking with the Irish Independent, she said the nomination was a "wonderful honour" and added that there was "joy all around".

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