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The Academy Awards annual Nominees Luncheon today has made us hungrier than ever for this year's Oscars.
Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg, Naomi Watts, Robert De Niro, Jessica Chastain are just a smidgen of the nominees who gathered this afternoon for the yearly soiree at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
So what down at the invite-only event?
First, the nominated actors, directors, producers, costume designers and so on walked the red carpet to take solo pics before heading to answer questions from the media press conference style.
Then it was time to drink and eat in the ballroom. Servers handed out glasses of red drinks in champagne and martini glasses.
Producer Frank Marshall served as guest DJ.
After the salad course, this year's Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron outlined some of the rules for the show.
In short, winners need to do it fast and keep it short!
"We need your help," Zadan said. "Honestly, we need your help to keep the pacing of the show energized. Please get to the stage quickly. You will have 45 seconds to speak. That begins the moment you hit the microphone."
Zadan also asked that nominees prepare. "You're talking to over a billion people in over 225 countries," he said.
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After the second course (pistachio-crusted sea bass with veggies!), each nominee in attendance was called one-by-one (and and in no particular order) to riser at the front of the ballroom.
Lincoln producer and new Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy was the first to be called.
Sally Field laughed with a man next to her that she couldn't see over the head of the man in front of her. Jackman extended a hand to Chastain as she carefully stepped onto the riser.
Joaquin Phoenix let out a little "boo" as his name was called.
Tommy Lee Jones received some of the biggest applause, as did Beasts of the Southern Wild best actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, who gave a high-five to Academy president Hawk Koch.
Steven Spielberg was the last to be called. He squeezed in next to Helen Hunt.
After the almost 30-minute roll call, the annual "class picture" was taken.
About five shots were snapped from a remote camera hanging from the ceiling before waiters marched in with trays of champagne and desserts (cheesecake pops, orange tarts, tuxedo strawberries and macaroons!).
After some more schmoozing, nominees made their way to a separate area to pick up their official Certificate of Nomination and an Oscars sweatshirt.
See you at the 85th annual Academy Awards!