The 2009 Oscar Nominees Luncheon
The 2009 Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Marisa Tomei, Amy Adams, Penelope Cruz, Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis
L.A.'s Beverly Hilton Hotel was filled with Oscar buzz as the class of 2009 came together to celebrate at the 81st Academy Awards nominees luncheon. Marisa Tomei, Amy Adams, Penelope Cruz, Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis were among the nearly one hundred and twenty nominees who received certificates to commemorate their Oscar nods and posed for the traditional "class picture" with their fellow filmmakers. "My insides are crazy!" admitted Benjamin Button star Henson (in Alberta Ferretti). "[I'll be] driving along and everything is fine and then I think about Oscar and I scream. Then I pull it together. Hopefully that'll pass soon."
-Bronwyn Barnes; with reporting by Brantley Bardin
"I'm totally out of my element so I basically wanted to wear a bejeweled romper," joked best actress nominee Anne Hathaway of her Chloe cocktail dress. "I didn’t want to wear anything too constricting just in case wearing something constricting would make me pass out."
Still riding the high of her SAG award and double Golden Globe wins, Kate Winslet (in Helmut Lang) claimed she's prepared for anything on Oscar night. "I have been here so many times and lost so many times that quite honestly I have a really good losing face now," the actress said. "I’ve sort of perfected that strange, zen, blank, calm that you have to have, of course, in that moment when they don’t call out your name."
Mickey Rourke and Robert Downey Jr.
"I was playing a guy, an Oscar-crazed weirdo whose every motivation was somehow geared towards accolade so I thought it was kind of, well, ironic," said Robert Downey Jr. who scored a best supporting actor nod for his role in Tropic Thunder. Before sitting down to a lunch of hickory-smoked chicken, California rolls and sauteed Mediterranean herb-crusted beef tenderloin, the actor mingled with best actor nominee Mickey Rourke.
"I think you reach a point where you have so much jet lag that it just cancels itself out and you don’t have jet lag anymore. I wake up and I don't know which city I am in!" said Vicky Christina Barcelona star Penelope Cruz (in Yves Saint Laurent) who took the red eye to L.A. after picking up the award for best actress at the Goya Awards in Madrid. "I got off the plane two hours ago and I went to find the clothes, iron the clothes, amp#91;put onamp#93; a bit of makeup, take a shower, and come here. It’s a big adventure."
"You can't prepare, I think that's what I learned the first time around," said best supporting actress nominee Amy Adams (in RM by Roland Mouret), who received her first Oscar nod in 2005. What about preparing for the red carpet walk on Oscar night? "As far as the dress, it'll happen. But it hasn’t happened yet," said the Doubt star.
What was Josh Brolin's reaction upon hearing the news he'd been nominated for best supporting actor for his role in Milk? "We ran and jumped in the ocean. I know people think that's strange, but that's what we did," admitted the actor. What did his buddy, Javier Bardem, do? "He called me from Spain. I'm not kidding, he was running down the streets of Barcelona screaming at the top of his lungs," Brolin said.
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