Brad Pitt, Viola Davis & George Clooney Gather For Oscar Nominee Luncheon [PHOTOS]

2012 Oscar Noms
The 2012 Academy Awards acting nominees.
Did you get your Oscar nomination this year? If not, you weren’t in attendance at this year’s Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 6, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

Eighteen of the 20 acting and directing nominees are expected to attend the luncheon, which will be an opportunity to mingle with others from the industry.

As Academy President Tom Sherak explains, “We separate all the nominees, so that if, let’s say there are four people from a movie nominated, they’re not sitting together. They’re sitting with other people nominated.”

George Clooney says the best thing about Academy Awards nominations is that he gets to hang out with old and new friends. “A lot of people at home think we all hang out together. … The truth is I hadn’t seen Brad in about a year” until they crossed paths at January’s Golden Globes,” Clooney told reporters before sitting down to lunch. “So it’s fun to catch up, and it’s fun to see people I like and haven’t seen in a long time.”

Brad Pitt joked that like Clooney, awards season has allowed him to make a lot of new acquaintances. “I met this guy named George,” Pitt said, stumbling over the pronunciation of the name, “G-g-george, Jorge Clooney. Very nice guy. Very personable and very nice guy.”