What’s in the Oscar Nominees’ 2015 Gift Bag? Just $125K in Swag

Oscar Nominee Gift Bag: 2015 Losers

Don’t feel bad for the Academy Award nominees who go home empty-handed on Oscar night; none of this year’s best actor/actress, supporting actor/actress and director contenders should be sore losers when they see the contents of their gift bags, valued at more than $125,000.

In addition to the usual smorgasbord of luxury skincare products and high-end accessories associated with these annual goodie bags, this year’s giveaway includes a number of jaw-dropping highlights: a three-night stay at a resort in Tuscany valued at $1,500; a luxury train ride through the Canadian Rockies worth more than $14,500; natural French Mediterranean sea salts worth $1,500; a custom silver necklace inscribed with the latitude and longitude coordinates of the Dolby Theater from Lat & Lo at $150; a “glamping” trip valued at $12,500; a $800 gift certificate for a custom candy and dessert buffet; a $250 Haze vaporizer; a $250 Afterglow vibrator; a Wellness 360 gift pack worth $1,200; a year’s worth of all-Audi A4 car rental from Silvercar valued at $20,000; a Reset Yourself lifestyle makeover package worth more than $14,200; and so much more.

The most highly valued item in this year’s bag, according to the press release from Distinctive Assets, the bag’s creator, is a $20,000 gift certificate to have Enigma Life founder Olessia Kantor fly out to meet with each nominee “to discuss their 2015 horoscope, analyze dreams and teach them mind control techniques.”

Who needs a little gold statue when you can learn mind control?

To be clear, these gift bags are in no way endorsed by the Academy itself. In fact, in 2006, the Academy voted to end the distribution of gift bags after reaching an agreement with the IRS that stipulated recipients of the swag bags would have to pay taxes on them.

UPDATE: As of Tuesday afternoon, a rep at 3D Public Relations and Marketing confirmed that all of the losing nominees in the acting and directing categories (and host Neil Patrick Harris) accepted these bags, meaning 21 went out in all (which amounts to more than $2.5 million in value). Apparently these swag bags are desirable enough to the non-winners to brave the sure-to-be-massive taxes they will incur.

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  1. John says:

    That is an awesome price pack! The only product I have used from the list is the Haze Vaporizer and it is great. I am sure the celbs will enjoy that one.

  2. LINDA says:


  3. Cripes, that’s better than a damn gold plated statue.

  4. Patty Barth says:

    what a prize of a lifetime. Would love it

  5. roedygr says:

    What crap. Mediterranean sea salts ($1,500). Do they get a tank car full?
    $20,000 horoscope. That guy just wants a chance to meet the stars and try to peddle woo.
    $800 candy. Poison to a actor.
    $6 antipersperant? Are they kidding. Why not a can of Heinz Beans?
    $5000 portrait? That is not what portraits cost.


  7. AZWarrior says:

    Hollywood should include a 14 day supply of Penicillin.

  8. And includes a cute children’s book, “Archibald’s Next Big Thing”

  9. Paul Griggs says:

    You’d think an industry catering to people’s fantasies would have a clue about the real world. The Oscars are the last fart in an overly long silly season in which temperamental, out of touch, overwrought people shore up their massive and insecure egos by patting themselves on the back. I can’t wait for it to be over for another year!

  10. bluesky says:

    250 dollars for a vibrator?

  11. Bianca says:

    Do men get dildos in their bag too?

  12. asdlfkjlkj says:

    The vibrator is for the men.

  13. Brett Delong says:

    I am guessing most of this crap gets donated.

  14. vegas9999 says:

    No Clint means no watch for me. Same as Westminster dog show. Peoples likes and dislikes mean nothing

  15. Luxomni says:

    So, do those rich Hollywood elites pay taxes on that swag? Or are taxes just for us hoi poloi?

    • bobbi says:

      To be clear, these gift bags are in no way endorsed by the Academy itself. In fact, in 2006, the Academy voted to end the distribution of gift bags after reaching an agreement with the IRS that stipulated recipients of the swag bags would have to pay taxes on them.

  16. peter says:

    Oh, don’t fool yourselves folks. Fact is that most of the bags are given away to so called “charities”. The gifts are then auction off and the original recipient gets the tax deduction for giving “the gift”.

  17. Keith Diggs says:


  18. fakirsmith says:

    Why do people watch this stuff? It’s a club and you aren’t invited. The fascination with celebrity in this country is amazing. People hate the rich and the 1% yet continue to support Hollywood. HOLLYWOOD IS PART OF THE 1%! When will Americans wake up? You make them millionaires and they give you unoriginal movies and remake after remake and part two of this and that. It’s a scam.

  19. Buzz Danklin says:

    I love that they are giving out the Haze vaporizer! I never would have thought I would see the day where an herbal vaporizer was being given out in a free gift basket for attending an event.

  20. John Marshall says:

    Leave it to the IRS. Who’s to brownoseing genius that screwed the attendee’s ?

  21. What a great marketing ploy. I would be surprised if over 10% of the chosen recipients would accept the bag due to the tax implication. There is a lot of free advertising going on here.

  22. Joe E in the IE says:

    If anyone else spent that kind of money on anything else, the cries of “But think of what you could do for [INSERT NAME OF “DISENFRANCHISED” DEMOGRAPHIC]!!” would be so loud and shrill that dogs would bark, babies would cry, coyotes would howl in pain and automatic garage doors would open and close on their own.

  23. skep41 says:

    What a load of crap! If you have the kind of money these people have you don’t need or want any of this stuff. Wellness gift pack? Overpriced vacations? An obnoxious New Age guru discussing your phony horoscope with you? There wasn’t anything on that list that made me think that it was worth paying the taxes on…especially if you’re in an over 50% tax bracket. I’ll bet these ‘goodies’ are universally declined.

  24. HollyWEIRD says:

    No wonder they ALL vote Democratic…. buying favors and FREE stuff is all they know

  25. Tony Konte says:

    The IRS will leave them alone but will certainly come after a little guy like me for refusing to sign up for obamacare

  26. terri c says:

    Do the swag bag recipients pay tax on the $125,000 plus goodies they receive?

  27. Dave says:

    I guess the vibrator is because they cannot relate to a real person. Hi, ManassasGrandma, I lived there in the early 60s, a different world than we have today.

  28. ManassasGrandma says:

    These people are so debased they don’t understand how diseased and debased they are.

  29. Johnb says:

    Just goes to show you, too many stupid people in this world.

  30. Darcy Marketfog says:

    I pray the IRS is paying attention. At Christmas, we used to get a gift bag at the local theater: a brown paper bag, an apple, a Blue Goose orange, and an Almond Joy. We loved it.

  31. iambicpentamaster says:

    The Audi and the Canadian train ride — you can have everything else.

  32. Tyrone says:

    People who get the bags should donate them to the homeless to avoid the taxes. And also so homelss people can enjoy a three-night stay at a resort in Tuscany valued at $1,500; a luxury train ride through the Canadian Rockies worth more than $14,500 and a “glamping” trip valued at $12,500. Imagine those businesses if a bunch of homeless with vouchers showed up.

  33. myron monk says:

    Wonder what the idiot Kanye West will disrupt the Oscars to say tonight… oh, Beyoncé. LOL

  34. myron monk says:

    Just to make it clear… these are the same self-righteous boobs who preach to ordinary Americans to give more of their hard earned money to their pet causes whenever they get behind a microphone. Hmmm…. self-righteous boobs!? No doubt, there will be a pair of those in each bag-o-swag.

  35. yuck says:

    If you care about this you need to get a life.

  36. dammitt says:

    Tools for tools.

  37. christianinapaganland says:

    Hollywood movies are obviously not Christian in nature, so a pagan psychic reading for every Oscar nominee is certainly no surprise…Isaiah 8:19-20 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

  38. Harvey Weinstein says:

    I’m going to refuse mine.

    • Sam Franzini says:

      Mr.Weinstein, instead of refusing, would you please donate to our auction? I don’t think you pay taxes if you do and all the money would go to a charity of your choice. I work for an animal sanctuary, Ayla’s Acres and I know how much that bag would help. But we’re happy to donate the money to any charity you want. $165,000 can do so much and we are teens in Florida who want to prove we can make a difference. If you donate, then others will follow, but even if they don’t, your bag can change the lives of many. We would really appreciate you considering it before you decline the bag. Thank you so much. You can get more information from our website: oscarbagpledge.com and contact us through there. You would be our hero if you do this- thank you. Sam.

  39. Mark Walker says:

    Very well said! I agree wholeheartedly!

  40. Team USA says:

    I trust that each presenter will voluntarily report their $125k compensation in kind to the IRS and the Taxation Board of California for their rightful cuts of the take. Should there be an oversight of their responsibility, I’ll do it for them to insure they pay their fair share of success.

  41. sailordude says:

    A vaporizer? Drudge thinks the vibrator is the funny part but I find a pot vaporizer funnier. Aren’t these people close to being senior citizens?

  42. Bob Jones says:

    I would refuse receipt of this swagbag. Why pay $60k or more in taxes for stuff of such dubious value?

  43. JohnFLob says:

    I have several comments that these swag bags be donated to charities. What are the charities going to with vibrators and train trips in the Canadian Rockies?

  44. Paul Gandy says:

    “$250 Afterglow vibrator” consistent with Hollywood predisposition to self gratification.

  45. Sam franzini says:

    We are kids with a better idea. We are asking nominees to pat forward their bags to the charity of their choice. Oscarbagpledge.com

  46. Loo says:

    Didn’t Edward Norton make a huge fuss over these and try to start a movement to get them banned? Since he’s a nominee this year, will he refuse his?

    • timgray2013 says:

      The Academy used to give out gift bags to nominees and presenters, but discontinued that, several years ago. These bags are being offered by an outside company, with no affiliation to the Academy or ABC. So you ask an interesting question, how nominees will react. We will keep you posted. Thanks.

  47. battlecoo says:

    Reblogged this on The BattleShop.co Blog and commented:
    As if being RACH & FAMOUS wasn’t already fabulous enough! We’d gladly lose an Oscar for some of the goodies in this bag!

  48. Dr. Eddy H. Pevovar says:

    I love the Olessia Kantor gift. If any of the stars wish to, they can re-gift that part to me. I’m a certified Hypnologist/Hypnotherapist and would love to meet with Olessia to expand our horizons.

  49. Cathy C says:

    I challenge the losers (none of whom are sleeping under a bridge in a cardboard box) to donate their gift bags to the charity of their choice.

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