About 120 Academy Award nominees will be lunching at the Beverly Hilton today.
Most of the acting nominees – 14 of 20 – are expected to be there, along with all of those up for best director.
The annual luncheon gives the current class of nominees a relatively low-key chance to socialize, to have photos taken and pick up some trinkets. This year, they will get a sweatshirt with an image of an Oscar statuette on it and emblazoned with "Nominee."
The planners of the annual luncheon are said to intentionally mix up seating arrangements so that nominees from the same film are not clumped together.