Moment of Silence Held for Kobe Bryant at 2020 Oscars Nominees Luncheon

Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron and more stars attending the 2020 Oscars nominees luncheon hold a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant.

By Mike Vulpo Jan 27, 2020 10:11 PMTags

The sports world isn't the only community grieving over Kobe Bryant's passing.

On Monday afternoon, several Academy Award nominees stepped out to attend the 2020 Oscars Nominees Luncheon at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Before speeches were given out and any celebrations began, the President of the Academy chose to hold a moment of silence in honor of the basketball great.

"With all of his mega success on the court, he was possibly the most excited person in the room to be a nominee," David Rubin said at the event. "I know we all send his family our deepest heartfelt condolences. Let's all just take a moment of silence…"

Just two years ago, Kobe scored an invite to the star-studded lunch. In fact, it was the 2018 Oscars where the athlete accepted the award for Best Animated Short Film.

"As basketball players, we're really supposed to shut up and dribble. I'm glad we can do a little bit more than that," Kobe shared during his acceptance speech after producing Dear Basketball. "Thank you Academy for this amazing honor."

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Kobe Bryant's Family Album

While winning championships with the Los Angeles Lakers was pretty epic, obtaining an Oscar was extraordinary.

"This feels better than winning the championship, to be honest with you," he shared after his win. "Growing up as a kid, I dreamed of winning championships and working really hard to make that dream come true, but then to have something like this seemingly comes out of left field."

With the Oscars less than two weeks away, anticipation is building as for who will win a special trophy next. Take a look at some of the big nominees who attended today's 2020 Oscars Nominees Luncheon in our gallery below.

Brad Pitt

The man of the hour has arrived! Fresh off his SAG Awards win, the Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood star gets ready for Oscars weekend.

Cynthia Erivo

Don't be green with envy, now! The Harriet star looks more than red carpet ready for the upcoming Academy Awards.

Laura Dern

The Actress in a Supporting Role nominee shows her support for Marriage Story at the annual luncheon.

Robert De Niro

Hollywood legend! The A-list star shows his support for this year's nominees.

Greta Gerwig

B-e-autiful! The Little Women writer arrives in style to the star-studded event wearing Gucci.

Charlize Theron

With two weeks to go until the Oscars, the Bombshell star is more than happy to celebrate her latest film. Today's look featuring Christian Dior was styled by Leslie Fremar.

Leonardo DiCaprio

He's here! The Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood star lives his best life in shades while on the red carpet.

Renée Zellweger

Judy has arrived! The Actress in a Leading Role nominee smiles for the cameras before heading inside.

Florence Pugh

The Actress in a Supporting Role nominee celebrates the success of Little Women while wearing Monse.

Kathy Bates

The Actress in a Supporting Role nominee shows her support for the film Richard Jewell.

Quentin Tarantino

Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, there was a talented director who received multiple Oscar nominations during his career.

—Reporting by Alli Rosenbloom

Watch E!'s red carpet coverage of the 2020 Oscars Monday, 10th Feb. starting at 9am. And don't miss the E! After Party special at 3:30pm for a recap of the 2020 Academy Awards!