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Oscar Swag Bag Isn't What It Used To Be

Feb 22, 2013
Originally published on February 27, 2013 1:33 pm
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And today's last word in business is Oscar swag. On Sunday, nominees who do not win an Academy award will nevertheless take home about $47,000 worth of consolation gifts, which sounds like a lot. But in 2010, the swag was worth a lot more - more than $90,000.

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This year, goodies include trips to places like Australia, Hawaii and Mexico. The gift bags may also include such useful items as hand-illustrated tennis shoes, portion-control dinnerware, and a book by Leeza Gibbons.

INSKEEP: A little something for you there. The least extravagant but actually, handy item is some Windex touch-up cleaner. Oh, and apologies to the runner-ups for Best Animated Short. The Windex and luxury vacations only go to celebrity nominees from the major award categories.

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