The Oscar nominees all gathered at the Beverly Hilton for a light hearted afternoon of enjoying their nominations.
Every year, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science hosts a luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for all the nominees of that year’s Oscars.
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The nominees attend the lunch where they meet fellow nominees and the Academy addresses them about their work and the show they can expect later in the month.
The lunch it seems is a good thing because most nominees have not met or really talked and the luncheon gives them a chance to know the competition in a positive and light hearted environment.
This year’s guest included the nominees, Jennifer Lawrence, Bree Larson, Alicia Vikander, Rachel McAdams, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sylvester Stallone, Eddie Redmayne, Jacob Tremblay, Michael Sugar, Matt Damon, Lady Gaga, Steven Spielberg and many more.
The actors were met with a bit of hostility outside the hotel where an array of protestors held the #OscarsSoWhite movement boards. Inside they met and some of the stars stepped out to talk to the press about their view on the diversity controversy in the Oscars this year.
Most stars avoided to answer any of the question related to the issue and many commented that this was the first time that they were meeting any of their fellow nominees. And it seemed so true as the nominees took their time meeting and chatting with one another like they had met for the first time.
We know that Sylvester Stallone and Leonardo DiCaprio shared a hug and a conversation which Leo later continued with Larson who was seated on his table.
Stallone hugged little Tremblay and posed for a photo with him. JLaw and Lady Gaga also posed for a picture while Rachel McAdams imparted some valuable style advice to Brie Larson. Vikander said that she was enjoying her first Oscar adventure as Eddie Redmayne had advised her to do.
In her address, Cheryl Issac Boone acknowledged that there was an issue at hand but the event was all about celebrating the talent of the people in attendance and how they had inspired the world with their roles.
She also appreciated producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin for preparing for the event and said that she anticipated a great ceremony with Chris Rock hosting the event.
Later on, David Hill addressed the room and took the time to appreciate Lady Gaga for her performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl and acknowledged her nomination for Best Original Score “Till It Happens to You”.
Hill and Hudin have also come up with a new way for the winners to reduce their speeches time in which they are usually thanking all the people that they think had a role to play in their win.
According to the producers, the moment is generally lost when people are trying to cram the names in so instead they will play a reel at the bottom in which the names of all the people that they want to thank will be run. In that way the names will be eternalized as a part of their speech and they can talk about more things.
At the end, the attendees posed for the “Oscar Class of 2016” photograph and also received their official nomination certificates.
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The 88th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.