Have you seen or read about all the stuff those who DON'T win an Oscar go home with? It's ridiculous on many levels.
First off, I would imagine most, if not all, of these actors, actresses and directors are multi-millionaires already.
How excited can they be to receive a flip-cam, an electric toothbrush, an expensive briefcase and trips?
They probably either already have this stuff or could buy it without thinking twice about it. But they're going to leave with $85-thousand worth of stuff or "swag" as they call it.
Perhaps some of the celebs will donate the stuff to good causes. But I have a better idea... forget all the stuff and just donate $85-thousand to the charity of each celebrity's choice in their name. THAT would make a huge difference in a lot of lives.
But then we wouldn't get to ooh and ahh over all the cool stuff they take home and we wouldn't feel compelled to buy some of it for ourselves. What a shame that would be.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at News 4. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.