Turns out losing isn’t so bad at the Oscars. The non-winners in the top six categories — best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress and best director — won’t take home a golden statue, but the consolation prize is a swag bag valued at $168,000, according to Vanity Fair. “The gift bags were put together by a company called Distinctive Assets, who assembled 21 gift bags, for the host as well as the losing nominees for best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, and best director.” Sorry, losers in the other categories, you just get to go to the after-parties.
Gifts in each bag include: free Silvercar Audi rentals for a year; a $20,000 astrology reading; an $800 custom candy and dessert buffet; a $12,500 glamping vacation from Terravelo Tours; a train trip on the Rocky Mountaineer; a $11,500 nine-night Italian vacation package; $4,068 worth of non-invasive L.E.D. light therapy for “weight loss” and “body contouring and sculpting;” a $1,200 Matrone bicycle; $25,000 worth of custom furniture “perfect for giving their Malibu pad a special look,” and a laser vibrator valued at $250. And yes, all this swag counts as taxable income.
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