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Oscar Nominees Bring Candour To Annual Lunch
It is an awards season clich?Jessica Chastain admitted, but one that for many actors might actually be true: sometimes it is enough just to be nominated.
"I feel like I've already won," the Academy-Award-nominated actress said. "I never want to lose sight of what I feel right now."
Chastain, up for Best Actress for her portrayal of a singularly focused CIA agent in Zero Dark Thirty, was in good company on Monday as she joined more than 160 of her fellow nominees at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Hers was a feeling echoed by other members of Hollywood's elite as they let loose a few moments of light-hearted candour and seemingly raw appreciation as Oscar night rapidly approaches.
"You just interrupted my flirting with Bradley Cooper and Christoph Waltz," The Master actress Amy Adams said as she bounced up to the podium, already living up to her promise to have fun on her fourth Oscar outing.
Actor-director Ben Affleck, whose failure to garner a Best Director nod appears to have bothered the Hollywood media more than him, quipped that he has had "many, many, many, many, many, many years watching [the Oscars] from home".
"I just feel so incredibly honoured to be nominated as a producer for this movie, to be here for the big party," the Argo director said of his first nomination since his 1997 win with Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting.
Argo, up for seven awards on February 24, has become some critics' favourite to win Best Picture after taking home a slew of other awards in recent weeks.
"It's tremendous. I'm elated. Truly, genuinely thrilled," Affleck said.
When the pint-sized actress Quvenzhane Wallis took to the podium - having to stand on her toes to reach the microphone despite the step put in place for her - she did not even blink when asked if she knew she had made history as the youngest woman nominated for best actress.
"Yes," replied the nine-year-old.
"I'm happy and excited but it's something that you never think will happen at your age."
However, the stars kept mum on one topic no matter how many times they were asked: What will they wear down the red carpet?
Anne Hathaway, up for Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables, hinted she is considering "some cool options" but has not decided on anything yet, and Adams said she is "going with idea of having fun and sort of fulfilling a fantasy of going to the Oscars".
Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence said she had gone for comfort in the past but said: "This year I'm like, 'No. Suck it up. Wear a corset'."
Lawrence, nominated for her role as a young widow in The Silver Linings Playbook, did concede that she would not eat a large lunch on the day of the Oscars, as she had on her first trip to the awards in 2011 when nominated for Winter's Bone.
"I had to double up on the Spanx," she said.