The annual Oscar nominee luncheon hosted by the motion picture academy will feature over 165 of this year’s contenders in Beverly Hills this Monday, February 6. The Academy Awards ceremony will be hosted less than three weeks later on Sunday, February 26, by late nighter Jimmy Kimmel live on ABC. Which 18 of the 20 acting nominees will be attending?
All five Best Actress nominees are expected at the luncheon: Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), Ruth Negga (“Loving”), Natalie Portman (“Jackie”), Emma Stone (“La La Land”), and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”). Best Actor nominees attending are Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”), Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”), Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic”), and Denzel Washington (“Fences”). Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”) is not expected.
For the Best Supporting Actress nominees, Viola Davis (“Fences”), Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”), Nicole Kidman (“Lion”), Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures”), and Michelle Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”) have confirmed to attend. Best Supporting Actor contenders expected are Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”), Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”), Lucas Hedges (“Manchester by the Sea”), and Dev Patel (“Lion”). Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals”) has not been announced.
All five directing contenders should be at the luncheon: Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”), Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”), Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”), and Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”).
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