This year it was very difficult for me to locate a quality image of the official "class photo" of all of the Oscar nominees that attended the Nominee Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, February 6th.
Best Actor nominees Oldman, Dujardin, Bichir, Pitt and Clooney
The headlines reporting the event all seemed to be quotes from George Clooney about hanging out with pal Brad Pitt. Not a bad headline but certainly lacking in info beyond that. Last year not only was I able to find photos of the nominated actors in most of the acting categories with ease, I was not even aware of the event or looking for the images when I found them. Reading about the annual luncheon event seemed like a real glimpse behind the scenes at the inner workings of the nominee process and one I anticipated enjoying as part of my experience each year following the Oscars. I am disappointed most by the lack of best support actor and actress group pictures and best actress photo. Perhaps as the luncheon is not a well known event, last year just happened to be lucky. And Clooney was not there. With Brad Pitt.
More than 150 nominees were honored at the lunch and 18 of the 20 actors nominated were in attendance (Demian Bichir, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt; Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Ronney Mara, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams; Kenneth Branagh, Jonah Hill, Nick Notle, Max von Sydow; Berenice Bejo, Melissa McCarthy, Janet McTeer, Octavia Spencer; -- supporting nominees Christopher Plummer and Jessica Chastain were not at the event.).