Oscar nominees gathered together today, Feb. 4, 2013, at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel for a luncheon as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences honored their work during the year of 2012. In attendance were over 160 nominees that included sixteen of the 20 nominees in the acting categories.
Each year the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences holds this exclusive, casual luncheon to pay tribute to all the nominees and their accomplishments. The event also includes a time for the Academy to take portraits of the nominated actors and a large group shot, known as the historic class photo, is taken of all nominees in attendance.
Representing the Lead Actress nominees were Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Quvenzahané Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") and Naomi Watts ("The Impossible").
Supporting actor/actress nominees in attendance including Robert De Niro ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Tommy Lee Jones ("Lincoln"), Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained"), Amy Adams ("The Master"), Sally Field ("Lincoln"), Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables"), Helen Hunt ("The Sessions") and Jacki Weaver ("Silver Linings Playbook").
Directors Ang Lee ("Life of Pi"), David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln") and Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") attended.
2012 Governors Awards recipients Jeffrey Katzenberg and Hal Needham also attended.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 24 and will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The night will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on ABC and will be televised in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com