Friday, February 01, 2013

Academy Hosts Luncheon for Oscar Nominees

Quvenzahané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Monday, February 4, 17 of the 20 nominees in the acting categories will be among more than 160 Oscar nominees who will gather at noon at the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, Ca, when the Academy honors this year's Oscar contenders during its annual Nominees Luncheon. Wallis, pictured above, a nine-year-old is the youngest person ever to be nominated for best performance by a lead actress.

From the Lead Actress and Actor categories, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Quvenzahané Wallis, Naomi Watts, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington are expected to attend.

Four of the five nominees in the Directing category – Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Steven Spielberg and Benh Zeitlin – also are expected to attend. Three of the Academy's four 2012 Governors Awards recipients, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hal Needham and George Stevens, Jr., will join this year's nominees.

Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt and Jacki Weaver will represent the Supporting Actor and Actress categories.

Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood and Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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