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Spywitness: The Oscar Love That Keeps on Giving - Parties, Suites and Swag

As we sit and sip our very English Taylor's of Harrowgate Earl Grey tea, part of the lovely goodie bag received at the GREAT British Film Reception honoring all the United Kingdom's Oscar nominees, it seems like a good time to reflect on all the fabulous gifts and swag that gets offered up every year during the week leading into the Academy Awards. Read More...

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