Published March 17, 2003
NEW YORK – Win or lose, none of this year's Oscar nominees will leave Sunday's ceremony empty-handed.
The official gift baskets for the 75th Academy Awards that go to nominees, presenters and performers are full of goodies, gizmos and beauty products. The presents include a mini-tassel handbag in pastel-colored leather by Dooney & Bourke, Godiva chocolates, A.T. Cross' candy-colored pens, Sebastian International Shaper hair products, Enjoy perfume by Jean Patou Paris and Sjal holistic skin moisturizers.
High-profile nominees, mostly the actors and directors, also receive dozens of extra gifts from companies anxious to get their products in the stars' hands.
Both Motorola and Sprint are sending new camera phones; Motorola's comes with free service for six months while Sprint's comes in a fancy Fendi case. Victoria's Secret is customizing a "good luck charm" bra and panty set with the initials of each actress nominee, and British hairdresser Charles Worthington gave out Dream Couture shampoo and conditioner, which contain extracts from chardonnay champagne grapes and Perigord black truffles.
Perhaps the most unusual item is a gift certificate for an accent table from Thomasville's Bogart Collection, inspired by Humphrey Bogart.
But not everyone getting a gift is rich and famous: Revlon is sending out a faux crocodile and red petit point bag overflowing with color cosmetics to makeup artists and stylists, and fans in the stands lining the red carpet will get a packet of Moisturous lipsticks.