The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Oscar nominees luncheon Monday drew A-listers including Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and Bradley Cooper. For some the event was a chance to do a bit of last-minute campaigning, for others it was an Oscar-night warmup, and for the rest — well, it was an honor just to be nominated.
Here are some of the most memorable moments from the Oscar luncheon.
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Redmayne: The “Theory of Everything” star and lead actor nominee continued his charm offensive with an anecdote about trying to get his shiny new Golden Globe through airport security. As his bag went through the X-ray machine, he recalled, a TSA attendant stopped the bag, zoomed in and said, “I think it’s an award or something.”
“I was really hoping they would make me take it out,” Redmayne said with a laugh. “And they did. That was a very special moment.” As for his prospects on Oscar night, he said he’s not going to jump the gun: “It’s bad luck if you start over-preparing.”
Moore: The frontrunner in the lead actress race for her performance in the Alzheimer’s drama “Still Alice” said she’s just happy to bring attention to what men and women living with the disease experience. Based on responses she’s gotten, “They do feel like what they’re going through has been represented,” she said. “That for me is more important than anything.”
Cooper: The “American Sniper” star similarly said he was glad to get people talking, in his case about veterans and the challenges they face on and off the battlefield.
“Any discussion that sheds light on the plight of the men and women in the armed forces … is fantastic,” he said.
Reese Witherspoon: The actress talked about her fight to get “Wild” made, saying that she needed to take action to create the kinds of roles she wants to see.
“It’s great to speak up, but I really think you’ve got to do something,” Witherspoon said, adding that she started her own production company after seeing “six of my favorite actresses fighting over a really crappy role. … It’s time for change and people really want it.”
Michael Keaton: The “Birdman” leading man, a first-time Oscar nominee at age 63, said, “It’s nice to be older because you don’t care about a lot of things.” He added, “You know … I’m going to say what I want to say and how I feel.” He never wants to look back and think that he was just a big talker, he said.
Arquette: Fellow acting veteran and first-time nominee Arquette said awards recognition “was never a pursuit of mine. I never imagined it.” The “Boyhood” actress continued, “Having said that, at 46 … I feel like I can appreciate all the beauty of this moment.”
Steve Carell: The lead actor nominee summed up the day’s sentiment. Asked about his shift from comedy to drama in “Foxcatcher,” he said: “I just want to do stuff that’s good … that people respond to.”