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Tuesday
Feb082011

Oscar Nominees Attend Luncheon in Beverly Hills

Photo Courtesy - Andrew H. Walker/ Getty Images(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- More than 150 of this year's Oscar nominees came together for the annual Academy Awards luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday.

Nineteen of the 20 stars nominated in the acting categories were there, with the exception of The Fighter actor Christian Bale, who was in China filming a movie.

Jesse Eisenberg, who's nominated for his performance in The Social Network, said he felt out of place at the event.  He said, "I have this general sense of feeling like I don't belong, although I've talked to a lot of other people...who I think of as very much belonging, and they have the same feeling."

Colin Firth, who's considered a lock to win the best actor Oscar for his role as King George VI in The King's Speech, said his nomination has changed the way some people treat him.  He said, "I do get the odd bow, which I put down to either confusion or facetiousness.  I'm not quite sure which."

Nicole Kidman is already thinking of what she'll wear on Oscar night, though her two-year-old daughter, Sunday Rose, ultimately will have a say in the matter.  Kidman, a best actress nominee for Rabbit Hole, said, "She chooses what she calls 'pretty dresses.'  So she has a very strong voice in terms of what I will be wearing on the night of the Oscars.  Fingers crossed, guys.  I could be wearing a tutu."

James Franco, who's not only a nominee for 127 Hours but will also co-host the Feb. 27 Oscar ceremony with Anne Hathaway, joked about the initial reaction to the announcement that he would be the emcee.  He said, "A lot of the reaction was 'Oh, an obvious ploy by the Academy to bring in younger viewers.'  And uh, yeah, duh.  Like, is that a bad thing?  I mean...how is that a criticism?"

During the luncheon, the producers of the Oscars telecast said they would feature nominees' mothers in their 90-minute pre-show TV program.  The mothers, who are being called "mom-inees," will discuss the stars on the show.  They'll also post updates on Twitter.

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