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Free Special Edition Motorola XOOM Tablets in Hollywood

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Motorola’s giving away special edition XOOM tablets in Hollywood on Saturday, but your name needs to be on a pretty exclusive list to score one. Select Oscar nominees will receive a free limited edition gold Motorola XOOM enclosed in a leather case.

The plain old XOOM goes on sale this Thursday, but those of us who aren’t nominated for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress or Best Director will have to plunk down between $599 and $800 to get one.

The giveaway is likely a part of a backstage gift room, which is coordinated by a company like Backstage Creations. These ‘gift bag’ companies solicit product donations and hefty placement fees from a wide array of companies. The gift bags are then given to the stars back stage, where they sometimes pose for pics with their fresh new gear.  Each bag can be worth $30,000 or more, depending on the sponsors involved.

There’s no word if the special edition XOOM will be sold elsewhere. There’s also no word if a wireless subscription is included, or if Natalie Portman or Nicole Kidman will have to sign a new two year contract…

Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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