The star-studded Academy Award class of 2016 photo has been revealed. Some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including this season's darlings Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander, appear in the group snapshot, which was taken at the annual Oscars Nominee Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday.
The Oscars Nominee Luncheon took place in Beverly Hills
The event is a favourite with the celebrities. In the midst of an action-packed awards season, the comparatively low-key gathering comes as a welcome, stress-free chance to celebrate together. The invitees enjoy a group toast, collect an official certificate of nomination and pose for a keepsake 'class' photo, which this year also included Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lawrence, Eddie Redmayne, Rachel McAdams, Sylvester Stallone and Matt Damon.
The 2016 Academy Awards will take place on 28 February at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. This year's event has already been mired in controversy – something nominee Sylvester touched upon during the luncheon.
Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated for Best Actor and Sylvester Stallone is in the Best Supporting Actor category
The 69-year-old star revealed he had been ready to boycott this year’s ceremony amid the backlash surrounding the lack of African-American nominees.
"I remember I spoke with (Creed director) Ryan Cooglan when this happened and I said: 'How do you want to handle this. Because I feel like you are responsible for me being here'," he told The Wrap. Both the director and Sylvester's co-star Michael B Jordan were both passed over for a nomination this year.
"I said, 'If you don't want me to go, I won't,'" Sylvester added. "He said, 'I want you to go.' That’s the kind of guy he is. He wanted me to stand up for the film."
The issue was also raised at the event by Oscar president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. According to the LA Times, she told the gathering: “This year, we all know there’s an elephant in the room. I have asked the elephant to leave.”