Get the (Oscar) Party Started! The Nominees Celebrate
Best Actor nominee George Clooney holds court with Javier Bardem and Casey Affleck – who are both up for their supporting roles – at the annual Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills. Clooney – fresh off spending two weeks in conflict zones as a United Nations messenger of peace – called his nomination a tremendous escape. "It's kind of nice to be wearing a suit again," he said.
COMING UP ROSES
Golden Globe winner Marion Cotillard, nominated for her turn in La Vie en Rose, arrived at the luncheon garden party ready in a sunny floral dress.
A sociable George Clooney chats up Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Ryan at the luncheon, held in the ballroom of the exclusive Beverly Hilton. At the event, nominees were handed an official certificate of nomination – and a complimentary Oscar sweatshirt.
Already a SAG Award winner for outstanding lead actress, Julie Christie struts into the luncheon in a leopard-print vest.
Sissy Spacek – who won her first Academy Award in 1980 for Coal Miner's Daughter – is joined at her table by first-time nominee Ellen Page (Juno).
A bearded Viggo Mortensen (a Best Actor nominee for Eastern Promises) shares a laugh with Best Documentary Feature nominee Michael Moore.
Three-time nominee Laura Linney (up for Best Actress for The Savages) upstages the larger-than-life Oscar behind her, in a sleek, chic little black dress.