Oscars Luncheon 2023: From Tom Cruise to Michelle Yeoh, the Academy records largest turnout in event history
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: It’s that time of the year when actors, filmmakers, and other members of the entertainment industry get to celebrate each other’s work. The Road to the 95th Academy Awards has already begun and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted its annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon to celebrate the exceptional work done by this year’s group of hopefuls.
Just like every year, the event was attended by a lot of extraordinary Hollywood personalities who struck up a conversation with each other during the event that was held at the Beverly Hilton. Notable personalities that were present included previous winners and nominees such as Steven Spielberg (‘The Fabelmans’), Tom Cruise (‘Top Gun: Maverick’), Rian Johnson (‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’), Sarah Polley (‘Women Talking’), Roger Deakins (‘Empire of Light’), Michelle Williams (‘The Fabelmans’), and Diane Warren.
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On the other hand, first-time nominees like Michelle Yeoh (‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’), Ke Huy Quan (‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’), Brendan Fraser (‘The Whale’), Austin Butler (‘Elvis’), Stephanie Hsu (‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’), Jamie Lee Curtis ('Everything Everywhere All at Once') and Paul Mescal (‘Aftersun’).
According to the Academy, 182 nominees attended this year’s luncheon, the largest turnout in history. Tom Cruise was the center of attraction and was greeted by one and all. Meanwhile, Quan, who is nominated for the Best Supporting Actor accolade this year, had a lot of fun during the event and shared amazing pictures on his official Twitter account. The actor clicked photos with Cruise, Spielberg, Hsu, Malala Yousafzai, Angela Bassett, Judd Hirsch, Brian Tyree Henry, and Kerry Condon.
The annual Nominees luncheon kicks off a string of events leading to the Oscars, which be held Sunday, March 12 at the Dolby Theater.
Which movie received the most nominations?
There was a lot of anticipation for this year’s nominees and the Academy didn’t disappoint. ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ led the pack with 11 noms, including Best Picture. Michelle Yeoh (Best Actress), Ke Huy Quan (Best Supporting Actor), Stephanie Hsu (Best Supporting Actress), and Jamie Lee Curtis (Best Supporting Actress) have all received nods in the acting categories.
Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ and Edward Berger’s anti-war film ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ followed closely with nine nominations each.
Colin Farrell has been nominated for the Best Actor trophy for his amazing acting in ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ and will be up against the likes of Fraser (‘The Whale’), Butler (‘Elvis’), Bill Nighy (‘Living’), and Paul Mescal (‘Aftersun’). Meanwhile, Cate Blanchett (‘TAR’), Michelle Williams (‘The Fabelmans’), Ana de Armas (‘Blonde’), Michelle Yeoh (‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’), and Andre Riseborough (‘To Leslie’) are nominated for the Best Actress accolade.
When will the 95th Academy Awards air?
The 95th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be airing on Sunday, March 12, at the Dolby Theatre, on ABC.