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2012 Academy Awards Luncheon

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment

The annual Oscar nominees luncheon is a longstanding tradition. The awards body extends an invitation to every single recipient of a nomination of this year’s event and awards them…well, there is no award. It’s kind of a pat on the back, honor to be nominated type of thing with some free food and a photo-op. All in all, this event really serves no purpose other than placating tradition.

However, as meaningless as this luncheon is, I always get a kick out of this annual photograph. There’s something kind of nostalgic and eye-catching about seeing all of the nominees lined up, middle school yearbook-style. It also gives you the chance to brush up on your “who’s who?” of Hollywood power, including the ones that you don’t regularly see on the screen. There also exists little moments in these things that make me smile. There’s old friends Marty and Spielberg standing side-by-side on the top right. Seventeen-time legend Meryl Streep alongside the up-and-comer Rooney Mara (apparently she doesn’t smile when someone says cheese, and I love her for it) at the top left. Nick Nolte looking like a sunburned Santa Clause and that the guy doing the Gollum impression in the second row.

Enjoy this year’s edition of the “Where’s Waldo?” Oscar spread.

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Academy Award Nominee Luncheon

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

For those of you who don’t know, every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences holds a special luncheon for all of the nominees. They get together, pose for pictures, answer questions, eat food and congratulate each other on how awesome they are (which, let’s face it, some of them are). Every year they all pose for a big group picture. I always love to set aside a few minutes and take a long look at it, examining who’s who, who’s there, who’s looking the happiest to be there, and hopefully one day, finding Waldo.

Looking it over this time, I can’t help but notice that David Fincher isn’t here. I understand that’s he’s busy in Sweden filming the remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” but he’s got to put a little more spirit into this thing. As Steve Pond noted, “The Social Network” might have a much better chance at winning should Fincher act as though he actually wants it. This is probably the best movie you’ll ever make, David. Try and act like you’re proud of it.

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