Celebritology Giftology Day 10: Options for the awards season junkie
Here's the 10th installment in our 12 Days of Celebritology Giftology series, a dozen posts designed to help you cross your celebrity- and pop-culture-obsessed pals off your holiday gift-giving lists. Think of these posts as our gift to you. We're just that generous.
Today's mission: Brighten the holidays for the person who can't get enough of the Oscar race.
For some people, there are no sweeter words than "And the winner is." These are the same people who get Google Alerts every time another critics organization announces its best-picture winner and who gleefully indulge in marathon viewing sessions of potential Academy Award contenders. Give them one of these gifts and maybe they'll even remember to thank you if they ever manage to snag one of those golden statuettes.
This year's contenders on DVD and Blu-ray: Most people don't receive an array of for-your-consideration screeners. So to help them visit -- or revisit -- some of the films that will likely get shout-outs on Oscar nomination day, buy them on DVD or Blu-ray. Obviously many of the biggies -- "The Social Network," "The King's Speech," "Black Swan," etc. -- are not on disc yet. But several, including "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "Winter's Bone," "Toy Story 3" and the short-listed documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop" are available for giving.
"127 Hours" T-shirt: In an attempt to capitalize on the life-affirming, arm-removing shock factor of "127 Hours," Fox Searchlight has been doling out free "I Kept My Eyes Open for 127 Hours" T-shirts and buttons. It might be tough to get one in time for Christmas, but you can always put a rain check in their stocking and hand over the Aron Ralston-riffing goods later. (Free, ikeptmyeyesopenfor127hours.com)
A bottle of Black Swan wine: This Australian brand -- produced by E.&J. Gallo -- may not be the most refined, expensive bottle of vino in the world. But it's perfectly appropriate to sip on some of its shiraz-cabernet while discussing the deeper meaning behind Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis getting it on in "Black Swan." ($7.99 a bottle, barrelroom.com and area wine shops)
"The Big Show" by Steve Pond: You could wrap up a lame Oscar trivia book. Or instead, you could put a bow on this 2005 dishy insider's account of what goes on backstage at the Academy Awards, written by a columnist for The Wrap. ($16)
Facebook apparel: If the early nominations and accolades are any indication, "The Social Network" may coast straight to Best Picture status. If it does, make sure your Oscar-obsessed loved one is dressed appropriately during the Academy Awards, in some unofficially licensed FB apparel. Perhaps a shirt that says "I'm CEO... bitch."? Or maybe a Zuckerberg-esque hooded sweatshirt that simply says "You like this"? (T-shirt $26.55 at Zazzle; sweatshirt $35.50, Cafe Press)
| December 22, 2010; 1:38 PM ET
Categories: Awards Season, Holiday Guide, Movies, Pop Culture | Tags: Celebritology Giftology
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