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Inside the €35,000 Oscars goodie bags

Matilda Battersby

Published 26/02/2013|11:15

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Daniel Day Lewis (L), best actor for "Lincoln," Jennifer Lawrence, best actress for "Silver Linings Playbook," Anne Hathaway, best supporting actress for "Les Miserables and Christoph Waltz, best supporting actor for "Django Unchained" pose with their Oscars backstage at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Mike Blake   (UNITED STATES TAGS:ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-BACKSTAGE)
Daniel Day Lewis (L), Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, and Christoph Waltz, pose with their Oscars backstage at the 85th Academy Awards

The best compensation prize for Oscar nominees who lost out on a statue: Goodie bags worth €35k

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Hollywood's elite are more than accustomed to lots of freebies, but the Oscar nominees goodie bag is an entirely different beast. What's inside? Plastic surgery coupons, a week's stay at a weight loss clinic and confoms.

Los Angeles-based firm Distinctive Assets handed out the cheerfully titled “Everybody Wins at the Oscars Nominee Gift Bag” containing €9,000 holidays to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, trips to Mexico and Hawaii, a €4,000 plastic surgery coupon, customised tennis shoes, a week’s stay at a weight loss clinic and a year’s membership to Heathrow’s VIP service.

Among the less illustrious items were condoms, special weight loss kitchenware, Spanx-style control underwear, window cleaning product Windex, acupuncture sessions, posh hand cream and Sedu hair tongues - oh and an elaborate lint remover.

Oscars organisers stopped giving lavish gifts to guests in 2007 after it was scrutinised by American tax authorities. Distinctive Assets, which have been giving out the goodie bags for 11 years, are not technically endorsed by the Academy.

The gift bundle is delivered right to the celebrities' doors the day after the Oscars. Just an extra perk of being an Oscar winner.

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