The Oscars luncheon happens today, where nominees will get to mingle and have their picture taken in the class photo. E! has a gallery going all the way back to 1988. The Academy says that these folks will be there:
Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Timothée Chalamet, Sally Hawkins, Daniel Kaluuya, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep are expected to attend the pre-Oscars® event. Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Mary J. Blige, Willem Dafoe, Allison Janney, Richard Jenkins, Laurie Metcalf, Sam Rockwell and Octavia Spencer also will join in the celebratory lunch.
All five nominees in the Directing category – Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo del Toro, Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele and Christopher Nolan – are expected to attend as well. There are 200 nominees and five countries represented in this year’s class.
After the luncheon, the Academy will release the official photos which we’ll be posting on the site. This, I figure, is going to be an especially good day for Greta Gerwig, being the only female directing nominee and a true charmer. All of the directing nominees are charmers, though, that’s the tough part. Guillermo del Toro’s charisma is legendary, and I’ve seen Paul Thomas Anderson’s myself when he interviewed Martin Scorsese after a Wolf of Wall Street screening. There’s also always friendly Christopher Nolan and, of course, the brilliantly funny Jordan Peele.
What I’ll be thinking about and wondering is which of them, considering almost all are also up for Best Original Screenplay, will win the day?
Awards Daily will be reporting on the event as it unfolds.