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Academy Award nominees’ gift bags include trip to Israel, Audi rentals, beauty products, more

As an Oscar-nominated actress, Cate Blanchett will receive

As an Oscar-nominated actress, Cate Blanchett will receive a gift bag consisting of trips, car rentals, beauty products and more. Here, Blanchett arrives for the 69th annual British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb. 14, 2016. Credit: EPA / FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

A world of goodies — including trips to Israel and Japan — is in store for the leading nominees at the Academy Awards on Feb. 28.

The excursions are the priciest prizes making up this year’s Oscar gift bags, each valued at more than $230,000, which have been created by Los Angeles marketing firm Distinctive Assets. The 10-day Israel trip, worth $55,000, includes two first-class airline tickets, a five-star hotel stay, meals, transportation and a private security escort. The Japan jaunt ($54,000) lasts 15 days and includes private walking tours in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Prices on the other swag goodies range from a Mission 1 Clean Protein Bar ($5.94 a box) to a year’s worth of Audi A4 rentals from Silvercar ($45,000). Other unusual items include a lifetime supply of Lizora Pu-erh Tea nourish cream and cleansing bars ($31,200); two three-night stays in Lake Como and Sorrento, Italy ($10,000); more than $300 worth of Belldini women’s fashions; a spa system and accessories from Steamist ($5,060); and the Dandi Patch ($21), which is designed to eliminate underarm perspiration stains.

Sure, it’s a pretty good take, but nominees will also have a chance to give: Halo Natural Pet Food, in association with, will donate 10,000 meals in a nominee’s name to an animal shelter or rescue.


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