Stars gather for class photo at Oscar nominees luncheon
Via: Awards Daily
The only facet of post-nomination Oscar season as traditional as the annual nominees luncheon is the nominees class photo. At the end of the luncheon, the nominees in attendance assemble for one big group shot, and it’s always a fun mix of A-listers and craftsmen, set designers and music superstars. It’s more or less the only thing about the luncheon itself worth covering.
For an even larger version of the photo, click here.
A couple nominees tend to miss the luncheon each year, for any number of reasons, and this year is no different. Unless my “Where’s Waldo?” skills aren’t up to snuff, it appears that the following nominees were absent:
Best Actor nominee Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Picture nominees George Clooney and Grant Heslov (Argo)
Best Original Screenplay nominee Quentin Tarantino
Best Actress Emanuelle Riva
Best Director nominee Michael Haneke
Best Supporting Actor nominees Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Alan Arkin
If I’m wrong and you can find them in this photo, let me know in the comments. You won’t win anything other than my respect for your face-hunting skills, but hey, there are contests with worse prizes than a person’s respect. (Have you ever watched Sabado Gigante?)
That said, it’s a shame for the absent nominees to miss out on one last valuable opportunity to schmooze with Academy members. Then again, no one in the Oscar community has ever been able to really pinpoint what, if any, effect attendance has on a nominee’s likelihood of winning. So who knows?
Oscar voting begins on Friday, for what’s been an Oscar season that’s defied precedents, while remaining tighter than any race in recent memory. Whoever wins in each category, it’ll probably be close. Well, except in Best Original Song. The Academy wouldn’t be that stupid (says the guy who still isn’t over Crash beating Brokeback Mountain).
Here are some more photos from the big event. All photos are courtesy of the Official Oscar website (check it out. It’s pretty great. And I mean that without irony):