First world problems: Oscar nominees panic over absent freebie sweatshirts

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From Hollywood Reporter: The Academy has been known to take a tough stance when it comes to freebies. In 2016, the organization sued marketing firm Distinctive Assets for handing out unapproved Oscar gift bags. But there is one official freebie that many nominees look forward to receiving at the Nominees Luncheon — a sweatshirt emblazoned with the Oscar logo and the word “nominee.”

It’s a tradition that dates back to at least 1988 when then-president Richard Kahn came up with the idea to hand them out. The last time The Hollywood Reporter reported on the sweatshirts was in 2013 when sound engineer Greg Russell showed off his massive collection of 14 sweatshirts (now likely expanded).

But many of this year’s nominees were scratching their heads when they did not receive them on Feb. 5. Quipped one nominee, “I want one,” while another joked, “I didn’t get one. Only a cookie.”

So what gives?

An Academy spokesperson tells THR that they are indeed still handing them out — already doled out were official nominee certificates — but this year they opted to save the Oscar gifting for another awards event in the coming days. No word on what that event is as officials want it to be a surprise. “We’re not going to play with that tradition,” said the rep. “Nominees love the sweatshirts.” 


10 responses to “First world problems: Oscar nominees panic over absent freebie sweatshirts

  1. Pingback: I want my t-shirt dammit! – On the Patio

  2. And here I thought I had already reached my limit of loathing for Hollyweirdos, but they keep outdoing their loathsome selves.

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  3. This seems like pre-schoolers having tantrums over not getting to use the color Crayola they wanted to color with! Their antics ae just about enough the livin’ end! As Dr Eowyn has said . . . “…they keep outdoing their loathsome selves.” To see such a bunch of greedy, self-centered no-bodies scrapping over sweatshirts is about as repugnant as it gets!

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  4. They should give out T shirts with pedophile to all the appropriate parties too.
    I heard from someone whose brother worked as a chauffeur to a Hollywood somebody that they actually get gift bags filled with things like not just T shirts, but Rolex watches. He said the person his brother worked for came home and just tossed it aside, because hey, what’s one more Rolex watch?

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    • Yeah, a long time ago I read a book that had a bit on this in it. You’re right, Rolex watches, expensive jewelry, vacations, you name it. Each of them has an agent and, based on the terms of their appearance contract, they can get all sorts of perks. They try to give them something that most of them already put in their contracts.

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  5. I would not want to be acknowledged as one of the Hollywood crowd, much less where clothing about it. And I suspect we have just scratched the surface of the wrongdoing in that bunch.

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  6. I can offer them straitjackets, the shirts only last one wash.

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  7. Hear this? It’s the sound of the smallest “sympothy” whining violin in the world. Didn’t hear it? Well then……..

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  8. Do you trade your sweatshirts in afterwards for “Winner” and “Loser” ?

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