What Victoria's Secret is giving to Oscar nominees -- The lingerie maker will give bejeweled bra-and-thong sets to the five Best Actress candidates

By Gary Susman
Updated February 10, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Meryl Streep, Golden Globe Awards 2003
Credit: Meryl Streep: Chris Haston

As they say, it’s an honor just to be nominated. It’s also the beginning of a windfall. For the five women who are nominated for Best Actress Oscars on Tuesday, the freebies will start flowing almost immediately. According to USA Today, within hours of Tuesday morning’s announcement from the Academy, Victoria’s Secret will hand-deliver to each of the five women a bejeweled bra-and-thong set worth $5,000. Each bra contains a charm engraved with the actress’ initials and containing two quarter-carat diamonds. If a nominee wants to show off her charms and still keep her blouse on, she can remove the pendant and mount it on a white-gold bracelet. In other words, if Meryl Streep wins an Academy Award for ”The Hours,” she won’t have to, um, adjust herself at the podium like she did at the Golden Globes.

The bejeweled undies are only the beginning of a windfall for the nominees. Among complimentary items coming their way, according to USA Today, are $15,000 worth of spa services from Estée Lauder, a Hermès beach towel, Manolo Blahnik sandals, a vintage bottle of La Grande Dame Champagne, and a Motorola T722I cell phone with six months of free T Mobile service. We’re guessing that Catherine Zeta-Jones already has this one.