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Comment 05 FEBRUARY 2013

Oscar Nominees gather at luncheon ahead of the big day

With just over two weeks to go until the big day, Oscar contenders gathered at the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles yesterday.

Over 160 of Hollywood's elite posed for photographers on the arrivals carpet at the warm-up event ahead of the ceremony which takes place on February 24.



A host of stars such as Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, Steven Spielberg and Anne Hathaway were all smiles as they talked about their nominations and the competition.

Making history alongside Hollywood's veterans was 9-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild actress, Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest ever best actress nominee.

Totally unfazed by the cameras and press pack, when asked about her nomination, Quvenzhane replied: "I'm happy and excited, but it's something that you never think would happen at your age."

Actor-turned-director Ben Affleck, whose film Argo is in the running for seven nominations, spoke about missing out on a Best Director nomination, "We got seven nominations, including Best Picture. I'm elated by that. I've had many, many years watching from home."

Many of the ladies were asked what they would be wearing on the evening but kept their plans under wraps.


But Jessica Chastain, nominee for Zero Dark Thirty, could not help sharing her excitement: "Most little girls dreamed about their wedding dresses, but I always dreamed about my Oscar dress."

Les Misérables star, Anne Hathaway, said she is yet to decide what she will wear, "It was the Super Bowl, I couldn't think about dresses with all that fried food around."

One of Anne's Best Actress rivals, Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence, said she would be upping the glamour this year, "Last time was comfort, this year I'm like, 'Eh, suck it up, wear a corset."

The nominees are given a certificate recognizing their achievement and a coveted Academy Awards sweatshirt before assembling for the 'class photo'.

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