The Oscar nominees gathered Monday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., for the first time since being nominated on Jan. 14. Honored actors and directors, in addition to more than 150 other nominees, hobnobbed amongst each other in a day of celebration less than three weeks before the big ceremony.
|Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs with Oscar nominee Lady Gaga at the Oscars Nominees Luncheon.|
The Oscar nominees gathered Monday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., for the first time since being nominated on Jan. 14. Honored actors and directors, in addition to more than 130 other nominees, hobnobbed amongst each other in a day of celebration less than three weeks before the big ceremony.
Nominees and invited guests dined on Cedar Planked Arctic Char — sometimes called trout — with Tarragon Purple German Warm Potato. Wines on the menu were Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc, Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut.
The luncheon encourages conversations and networking. Nominees are spread out at all of the tables and are seated with reporters, current Academy governors and past Academy presidents.
Per tradition, Oscars producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin addressed the nominees during the luncheon, giving them tips and tricks for keeping acceptance speeches short and memorable.
Producers also announced a special new feature for the ceremony this year: A Thank You Ticker. Hill spoke about the inspiration, showing an acceptance speech clip from last year that could have benefited from the feature. When co-producer Dana Perry accepted her Live-Action Short Oscar for "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," she was cut off by music as her speech turned to why the film was so important to her (watch here). Hill said he wants to make sure the emotional moments get in and are not cut.
The producers used an on-screen example of Kate Winslet's acceptance speech to show how the ticker would work.
Oscars producers announcing a "bottom of frame" slot for thank yous for winners. Kind of brilliant. #OscarsLunch pic.twitter.com/OtOjO9xL4E— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) February 8, 2016
Hill even suggested that names appearing on screen in the ticker could be great keepsakes for those who are thanked.
"It's a permanent record which could be kept, even framed and kept in the family forever," he said. "How cool is that?!"
The luncheon is known for its "Class Photo," where all of the nominees get on bleachers and have their photo taken.
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|ZOOMED IN: Check out Oscar nominees The Weekend, Alicia Vikander and Leonardo DiCaprio.|
|ZOOMED IN: Jennifer Lawrence, Brie Larson (top row), Jennifer Jason Leigh (bottom left),|
Mark Ruffalo and Diane Warren.
|ZOOMED IN: Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg, Eddie Redmayne, Sam Smith and Rachel McAdams.|
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Seated (from left to right): Adam Benzine, Paul Massey, Michael Standish, Chris Jenkins, Randy Thom, Jason Smith, Josh Cooley, Maryann Brandon, Richard Williams, Patrick Vollrath, Ed Lachman, Mary Parent, David Acord, Anders Langland, Henry Hughes, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Tom Yellin
First Row: Rosa Tran, Jacqueline West, Ed Guiney, Evgeny Afineevsky, Matthew Shumway, Amy Hobby, Jonas Rivera, Gregg Rudloff, Signe Byrge Sorensen, Love Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Courtney Marsh, Nomi Talisman, Mark Ruffalo, Diane Warren, Paco Delgado, Bryan Cranston, Jistin Wilkes, Blye Pagon Faust, Roger Guyett, Basil Khalil, Drew Kunin, Sian Grigg, Andrea Berloff
Second Row: Adam Stockhausen, Tom McArdle, Keith Redmon, Damian Martin, Ale Abreu, Matthew Heineman, Matt Damon, Bernhard Henrich, Cameron Waldbauer, Alan Robert Murray, David White, Michael Schaefer, Stephen Mirrione, Adam McKay, Robert Pandini, Phyllis Nagy, Deniz Gamze Erguven, Nicole Grindle, Duncan Jarman, Saoirse Ronan, Hank Corwin, Micheal Sugar, Patrick Tubach, Frank A. Montaño, Rich McBride
Third Row: Jon Taylor, Hamish Purdy, Matthew Wood, Lady Gaga, Oliver Tarney, Gabriel Osorio, Charlotte Rampling, Josh Singer, Serena Armitage, Lon Bender, Dan Hertzfeldt, David Darg, Arthur Max, Pato Escala, Laszlo Nemes, Andy Nelson, Eva von Bahr, Eric Dupont, Jack Fisk, J Ralph, Imogen Sutton, Thomas Newman, Finola Dwyer, Duke Johnson, Carter Burwell, Ciro Guera and guest, Jerry Franck, Stuart Wilson
Fourth Row: Jimmy Napes, Joshua Oppenheimer, John Seale, Pete Docter, Marc Platt, Jonathan Herman, David Lang, Rooney Mara, Alicia Vikander, Leonardo DiCaprio, Alex Garland, Tom McCarthy, Sanjay Patel, Naji Abu Nowar, Alan Wenkus, Tobias Lindholm, Jennifer Lawrence, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Rocklin, Dee Hibbert-Jones, Benjamin Cleary, Konstantin Bronzit, Martin Hernandez, Steven Spielberg, Drew Goddard, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Sam Smith, Richard Stammers, James Gay-Rees, Asif Kapadia, Paul Norris
Fifth Row: Ridley Scott, Christopher Scarabosio, Charlie Kaufman, Margaret Sixel, George Miller, The Weeknd, Emma Donoghue, Lenny Abrahamson, Liz Garbus, Mark Mangini, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Bryn Mooser, Matt Charman, Steve Golin, S. Leigh Savidge, Brie Larson, Jeremy Kleiner, Ronnie Del Carmen, Rena DeAngelo, Chris Duesterdiek, Sylvester Stallone, Sandy Powell, Emmanuel Lubezki, Roger Deakins, Eddie Redmayne, Charles Randolph, Rachel McAdams, Mary Jo Markey, Stephan Moccio and Jamie Oliver Donoughue.
The Academy interviewed nominees after the luncheon and featured those videos on Twitter. Here are a few of them:
"You feel it!" @Diane_Warren & @LadyGaga tell you how you know when you've nailed it. (Q: @Hawker44) #OscarsLunchhttps://t.co/aefBh9XRZh— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 9, 2016
.@LadyGaga and @Diane_Warren share the best piece of advice they've ever received. (Q from @rachidb) #OscarsLunchhttps://t.co/vmJvlk3KA9— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 8, 2016
Have a go-to scene? Short film nom Henry Hughes breaks down his pick from #TheGodfather. (Q: @KellyNg_) #OscarsLunchhttps://t.co/x4PrOAmZ5y— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 9, 2016
Doc nom @evgeny_director shares his love for his team and his subjects in this #OscarsLunch vid. (Q: @nealgottlieb)https://t.co/JWDz4QxMqB— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 9, 2016
Location vs. Actors? Spotlight writer/director Tom McCarthy sounds off. (Q from @Joescranium) #OscarsLunchhttps://t.co/jRak4NIpqa— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 9, 2016
Calling all young filmmakers! The What Happened, Miss Simone? team gives great advice. Q: @4season777 #OscarsLunchhttps://t.co/wUDWUOjQhj— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 9, 2016
Calling all music fans! @M_giacchino breaks down how he comes up w/ good ideas. #OscarsLunchhttps://t.co/bGluUIIlyc— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 8, 2016
Pete Docter spills the secret to finding originality in your work (Q from @shaedayy). #OscarsLunchhttps://t.co/ZeutWeddyI— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 8, 2016
The 88th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2015, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.