A swanky three-night stay with up to seven friends on the Italian island of Ischia, a plot of land in Australia, liposuction and Botox, a hair restoration consultation, hand-harvested organic dates, Japanese milk bread and silk pillowcases – these are just some of the around 60 items this year’s Oscar-nominated actors and directors will find in their gift bags.
Distinctive Assets founder Lash Fary has been putting the “Everyone Wins” nominee gift bag together for 21 years, with health and wellness a top theme in this year’s selection.
Not everyone will get to enjoy the freebies; only the 26 nominees in the acting and directing categories get sent the gift bag, which is not affiliated with the Oscars or the Academy.
“It’s just such a fun consolation prize, if you will. Most of these folks are not going to go home a winner on Sunday. And so even if they don’t, they’ve got $126,000 worth of consolation swag,” Fary told Reuters.
Top skin care products from various brands, health supplements, healthy snacks and comfortable clothing are among this year’s selection.
Getaways include the stay at the Faro Punta Imperatore Lighthouse in Italy, as well three nights at the ten-acre Canadian estate The Lifestyle in rural Ottawa.
Not everything in the swag bag is materialistic, however. The Pieces of Australia land gift is aimed at boosting nature preservation and protection efforts in the country’s bushlands and forests, a PETA travel pillow supports primate rights, while the Upminders LRU (Love, Respect, Unity) Medallion seeks to combat racism, bullying and suicide.
The gift bags will be delivered to the recipients ahead of the Oscars this Sunday.
This year’s acting nominees include Irish hopefuls Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan and Paul Mescal.
Filmmakers up for the directing Oscar are Steven Spielberg, Martin McDonagh, Todd Field, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund.
The Everything Everywhere All At Once co-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert will receive a bag each, as they are both up for best director, making the total 26 rather than the usual 25.