If you’re a betting sort, you’d be better off steering clear of a lot of Academy Awards action this weekend. Find another place to wager — maybe April’s NFL draft or the weekend box-office numbers. While some Oscar categories seem like total locks, there’s enough last-minute murmuring among film fans that a few shake-ups are almost guaranteed.
A gold statue is nice, but Hollywood A-listers nominated for Oscars will get a consolation prize even if they don’t win: a $47,802 goodie bag.
That’s about the same as the MSRP for an entry-level Mercedes Benz M class (and it’s within shouting distance of America’s 2011 median household income of $50,054). Still, it’s the least-expensive this gift bag has been in five years; in 2010, Oscar swag topped $90,000.