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Oscar Nominees Daniel, Dee, Bryant and Blige Attend Annual Luncheon

More than 175 Oscar nominees attended the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. An annual event, the Oscars Nominee luncheon is a chance to meet fellow nominees and hear from important speakers in the film-making community.

Former Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Octavia Spencer, Sally Hawkins and Meryl Streep at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 5, 2018.

Oscar® nominee Guillermo del Toro, John Landis and Oscar® nominee Jordan Peele at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 5, 2018.

Academy President John Bailey spoke at the event, which was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif on Monday.

Oscar® nominees Kobe Bryant, Sally Hawkins and Richard Jenkins at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 5, 2018.

Oscar® nominee Daniel Kaluuya with Academy President John Bailey at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 5, 2018.

Among the assembled for the event was Guillermo del Toro, whose film “The Shape of Water” leads all nominees with 13. He was joined by newcomer Kobe Bryant, fellow Oscar nominees Jordan Peele, Daniel Kaluuya, Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound” director Dee Rees and Octavia Spencer.

Oscar® nominee Mary J. Blige with Academy President John Bailey at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 5, 2018.

Missing was Frances McDormand and Christopher Plummer and Denzel Washington, who holds the record for the most Oscar nominated black actor.

Academy President John Bailey during the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 5, 2018. The 90th Oscars will air on Sunday, March 4, 2018 live on ABC.

Sally Hawkins and Danny Glover at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 5, 2018. The 90th Oscars will air on Sunday, March 4, 2018 live on ABC.

The gathering comes ahead of the 90th Oscars on March 4 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland, which will be hosted once again by Jimmy Kimmel.

Samantha Ofole-Prince is a journalist and movie critic who covers industry-specific news that includes television and film. She can be reached at sofole@gmail.com. Photos courtesy of A.M.P.A.S

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