With less than three weeks remaining until the grandest night in Tinseltown takes place, the 2012 Oscar hopefuls gathered together at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the 84th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon on Monday afternoon (February 6).
Hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, eighteen of the twenty main category nominees made appearances including Best Lead Actor candidates Brad Pitt and George Clooney, as well as Best Lead Actress selections Rooney Mara and Michelle Williams.
Other notable stars on the guest list included ladies such as Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Berenice Bejo, Viola Davis, Melissa McCarthy, Janet McTeer and Octavia Spencer.
Their male counterparts on-hand for the pre-Oscar meal were comprised of Demián Bichir, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, Kenneth Branagh, Nick Nolte, Max von Sydow and Jonah Hill, who praised his "Moneyball" co-star Pitt at the event by telling THR, "Not specifically about acting on Moneyball, but by watching him produce and watching his commitment to this movie throughout so many incarnations, and just his advice about making interesting choices as an actor."
With a handful of nominated directors including Michel Hazanavicius, Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese rounding out the guest list, the prestigious group's day of togetherness comes as the 84th Annual Academy Awards ceremony is all set to be presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre while televised live by ABC beginning at 7PM ET.