Monday, March 8, 2010

What's in the bag, Oscar?

Colin Firth may not have scored an Oscar for "A Single Man" (pity -- his performance was amazing). But he might be able to console himself on the long flight back to the U.K. with Lone Cone Toffee, made in Charlotte by Nancy Boru.

I wrote about Boru and her incredible toffee back before Christmas. Boru provided toffee to an organization called Hollywood Baskets. She got the news Monday that her toffee was used in "SWAG Bags" that were given to Firth, Gabourey Sidibe, Jeff Bridges, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Morgan Freeman, Stanley Tucci, Zoe Saldana, James Cameron, Carey Hannah Mulligan, Stephen Lang, Sandra Bullock, Jamie Foxx, Mo'Nique, Ryan Seacrest, Maggie Gylanhall, Susan Sarandon and Oprah Winfrey, among others.

SWAG, by the way, is the nickname for gift bags, taken from the phrase "Stuff We All Get."

Bullock will probably get more than her share of sweet stuff after her Best Actress award. Her sister Gesine Bullock-Prado is not only the owner of a bakery in Vermont, she's also the author of a very funny memoir-with-recipes, "Confections of a Closet Master Baker."