The Beverly Hilton Hotel was the setting for the Golden Globes earlier this year, today the film community was back to sample lunch and work the room in anticipation of the Oscars.
This is an unusual event in Hollywood because seating is determined by a lottery and not by star power. One nominee who hit the lottery was in the supporting category The Fighter’s Melissa Leo who took a political step last week by taking out a couple of “for your consideration” ads on her own behalf.
But the two key roles at today’s luncheon weren’t actors but producers Scott Rudin for The Social Network and True Grit and Harvey Weinstein for The King’s Speech. These rivals, who have squared off in the past are both contenders for best picture. Weinstein, however got the advantage as Rudin was home sick with pneumonia.
What did the nominees dine on — salads and sushi and an open bar. They also received a do’s and don’ts’ list from the producers of the Oscars and Tom Sherak, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which gives the awards.
More than 150 nominees were on hand, including 19 of the 20 in the acting categories.
This year’s Oscar broadcast is scheduled for Feb. 27 on ABC.