Focus Features Cause A Stir By Gifting Tom Ford Fragrances To Golden Globes Voters

BY Alexandra Venison / Dec 13 2016 / 15:26 PM

And now the voters have to return one of them

Focus Features Cause A Stir By Gifting Tom Ford Fragrances To Golden Globes Voters
Focus Features

Everyone loves to be given a gift, particularly when it's an iconic Tom Ford fragrance, however events group Focus Features recently landed themselves in hot water after breaching gifting rules for the Golden Globes. 

Focus, who is in charge of distributing the designer/director's latest release Nocturnal Animals, recently sent two of Tom's fragrances - one for men and one for women - to the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The Association has strict rules surrounding gifting, with a Dhs350 limit. The fragrances retail for just under that amount each, resulting in HFPA's president Lorenzo Soria asking judges to choose on fragrance and sending the other back, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Nocturnal Animals, which is Ford's second time directing and stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, was shown at DIFF last night and has received rave reviews globally. It has been nominated for three Golden Globes (unrelated to the gifting drama), including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson. 

This isn't the first time a celebrity has caused controversy by gifting judges of the HFPA. Back in 1999, Sharon Stone gave panel members a Coach watch that retailed for Dhs1,450. That year, she received a nomination for her role in The Muse, and once the press found out about the gifting, judges were asked to return the items.