As if being nominated for the film industry's biggest prize wasn't enough, Academy Award nominees in five categories will receive the annual "Oscar swag bag" — a goodie-bag worth upward of $220,000.
Los Angeles-based Distinctive Assets puts together the bags independent of the Oscars. The bags are known for pricey items like last year's $20,000 worth of "mind control lessons." Nominees for best actor/actress, best supporting actor/actress and best director will receive them Feb. 28.
"To be part of the film industry's biggest night on any level is thrilling," Lash Fary, Distinctive Assets' founder, said in a statement. "We always look forward to introducing standout entertainers to an array of companies with fabulous gifts to share."
The Academy, however, was not too keen about Distinctive Assets' swag bag. The organization filed a lawsuit against Fary on Tuesday, citing trademark infringement and perpetuating a connection between the company and the Oscars, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"Distinctive Assets' continued use of the Academy's trademarks not only infringes the Academy's trademarks, but it is also likely to dilute the distinctiveness of the Academy's famous trademarks and tarnish their goodwill," the lawsuit states. "Press about the 2016 gift bags has focused on both the less-than-wholesome nature of some of the products contained in the bags ... and the unseemliness of giving such high value gifts, including trips costing tens of thousands of dollars, to an elite group of celebrities."