Newswire: The Academy distances itself from unseemly Oscar gift bags with lawsuit

One of the ostensible perks of being an Oscar nominee, in addition to all the studio doors that (temporarily) fly open upon receiving the nomination, is the gift bag full of expensive goodies that range from fancy toilet paper to whatever a “vampire breast lift” is. But it seems that the swag bag, the contents of which are valued at $250,000 this year, has yielded nothing but consternation for the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences in recent years, which is why it’s filed a lawsuit over trademark infringement (to say nothing of the numerous counts of unsolicited association with vaping and vibrating).

It seems the Academy discontinued its own gift bags about ten years ago because the recipients didn’t pay the taxes on the gifts, which left the Academy holding the bag, i.e., negotiating a settlement with the IRS. So a third party, Distinctive …

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