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.
Academy President John Bailey spoke at the event, which was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif on Monday.
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.
Missing was Frances McDormand and Christopher Plummer and Denzel Washington, who holds the record for the most Oscar nominated black actor.
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.
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