Oscar nominees get together for lunch
The Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon was held at the International Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton on Monday, honoring the lucky few who have been nominated for an Oscar this year.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences welcomes their fellow nominees to a luncheon each year and allows them all to meet before the big show. There were 151 nominees in attendance, making this the largest nominee luncheon ever.
The gathering is an opportunity for some of these talented artists to come together and perhaps meet for the first time. In fact, everyone is seated at random, which allows people from different films to sit with each other. Nominees were also presented with an instructional video produced by Tom Hanks teaches them how to give a proper speech.
The luncheon included many familiar faces and favorites, including everyone from 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld to Jeff Bridges, Darren Aronofsky and a pregnant Natalie Portman.
The notable absences included David Fincher and Christian Bale, who were both missing from the luncheon.
The 83rd Academy Awards will be presented on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
To read about the nominees, click here.