What better way to celebrate being nominated for an Oscar, than having a luncheon for those only nominated for an Oscar. The majority of the nominees were present to celebrate their fellow nominees.
“There are no power tables in this room,” academy president Sid Ganis told the crowd, noting the luncheon’s “relentlessly democratic” seating process. “This is a power room.”
Helen Mirren chatted with Abigail Breslin, the 10-year-old star of “Little Miss Sunshine,” who was so small in her chair that her cowboy boots didn’t touch the floor. Eddie Murphy, who left the luncheon before the main course was served, offered a modest bow when applause erupted after his name was called. Scorsese and O’Toole also enjoyed standing ovations.
Smith would have won a competition for class cheerleader. He whooped and hollered for each nominee. When his own name was called, he high-fived everyone within a 10-foot radius, then hopped onto the stage and enveloped Ganis in a huge hug.
Earlier, Smith told reporters that he was so proud of “The Pursuit of Happyness” and so thrilled to work with his son Jayden, that he didn’t need to actually win the Oscar.
“I swear I don’t need an award,” he said, a grin lighting up his face. “I might pop if I win something.”
Many more photos (Forest Whitaker, Adriana Barraza, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Hudson, Mark Wahlberg, Eddie Murphy, Clint Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Djimon Honsou, Jackie Earle Haley, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Melissa Etheridge, Penelope Cruz and Rinko Kikuchi) from the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon after the jump.
(Forest Whitaker, Adriana Barraza, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Hudson)
(Mark Wahlberg, Eddie Murphy, Clint Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Djimon Honsou)
(Jackie Earle Haley, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio)
(Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Melissa Etheridge, Djimon Hounsou, Penelope Cruz, Rinko Kikuchi)