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How much does it cost to attend the Oscars? Quentin Fottrell on the price of fame
Saturday 20 March 1999
Wardrobe Assuming you're not famous enough to attract an Oscar-night media blitz, and so have to buy your own ensemble, pounds 1,500 (to shine with confidence, think minimalist Prada or Chanel; alternatively, you could do a Sharon Stone and wear a Gap T-shirt); shoes, pounds 150
Twinkle, twinkle, movie star When Brenda Blethyn was nominated for her Oscar in Secrets & Lies, she was lent free of charge a Harry Winston 122- carat diamond necklace worth pounds 893,000 ($1.5m) and matching diamond earrings worth pounds 179,000. If you're not on Harry's hit-list, try a pair of costume diamante-trimmed sunglasses, pounds 6
Big Hair Day On Oscar night, Hollywood's top salons are chaotic, so expect prices to soar, about pounds 250; manicure and pedicure before you leave, pounds 35 and pounds 45 respectively; make-up, about pounds 80
Extras Limousine rental, up to pounds 1,562 for a Bentley Azures; pounds 350 in a brown paper bag for the limo driver to keep tight-lipped about your private pre-Oscar sniping; a room at the Beverly Hilton, about pounds 200; first-class return flight to LA, pounds 4,423
Animated accessory Although Matt Damon and Ben Affleck brought credibility to escorting mommie dearest to the Oscars, your dad may not give you the right look. Try an escort agency for a George Clooney or Leonardo Di Caprio lookalike, pounds 1,000. Tip not included
Total pounds 9,601
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