The Oscar nominees luncheon is always full of good vibes, a definite highlight of the season especially since those in the room have all made it this far — all Oscar nominated and getting to mingle not just with other nominees but also the large number of Academy voters on hand.
Considering we are less than two weeks away from final voting beginning, it is also a chance for some to push AMPAS members to check out their films. “Hopefully if you have seen my movie you will want to vote for it,” said one prominent executive to an Academy member Monday. “And if you aren’t going to see it, vote for it anyway,” they added.
And why not? I snapped a photo of 15-time nominee and bridesmaid (although she has an honorary Oscar) Diane Warren, nominated this year for “The Fire Inside,” chatting it up with Barbie’s Greta Gerwig and telling the writer-director of the film that has two Best Song nominations (for both Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell’s“What I Was Made For?” and Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt’s male anthem “I’m Just Ken”) that she knows she has to lose to somebody — and has two chances to do that with Barbie. “You never know, they could cancel each other out,” she laughed in an aside to me.
It is all in good fun and camaraderie at this event, which is why everyone is so happy to be there. Killers of the Flower Moon Best Actress nominee Lily Gladstone told me the great thing about the luncheon, her first, is that everyone genuinely seems to really like each other’s movies, noting it is a very good year for film.Read more on deadline.com