Oscar Nominees Lunch in Beverly Hills

The annual Academy Awards luncheon takes place at the Beverly Hilton.

A slew of Oscar contenders spoke to the news media Monday about their experience participating in the 85th Academy Awards, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

According to the newspaper:

Before the annual Oscar luncheon, held Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, some of the nominees stopped by a small room to meet the press. Everybody seemed in a good mood, not too anxious and said nice things about, well, everything.

The format was that there would only be three questions of each nominee. Some got two, some four, but inevitably there was going to be an occasional head-scratcher, and since it was an international crowd, some were regionally specific. Say your answer in German, one journalist implored Christoph Waltz, best-supporting actor nominee for "Django Unchained." Then there were the usual about "How do you relax?" and for the actresses, "What are you wearing to the Oscars?"

"Does any girl ever tell you?" a fetching-looking Amy Adams responded when asked that question. By the way, she looked pretty relaxed - her role in "The Master" is the actress's fourth Oscar nomination - and joked that having to come out to meet the press "just interrupted me flirting with Bradley Cooper." Then, inexplicably, the sound system began playing "Because the Night (belongs to lovers)." "Mmmm," she smiled mischievously, "that's going to be the theme of my lunch."

Most nominees in acting categories attended the luncheon, including Ben Affleck, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Sally Field, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman, Jackie Weaver and Bradley Cooper.

Seth McFarlane will host the 85th Oscars, which will be held Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and broadcast live on ABC in more than 225 countries.

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