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Oscar Nominees Come Together for Academy Luncheon

(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) — More than 150 nominees for this year’s Oscars ceremony gathered in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday for the Academy’s annual nominees luncheon.

As cliché as it sounds, at least a few of them were happy just to receive a nod. Matthew McConaughey, who is up for best actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, says he hasn’t considered how he’ll celebrate if he wins.

“I’m already in celebration mode. I’m going to enjoy this. This is my first time nominated. And if I ever get nominated again, who knows, but there will never be another first time,” McConaughey said.

Jonah Hill has a similar mind-set, even though he now has two career nominations.

The best supporting actor nominee, for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street, remarked, “The possibility of winning is so insane to me that it seems almost indulgent to write a speech, but I guess…in the one-in-a-billion chance that it would happen so I don’t sound stupid, you know, make sure and thank my mom and everything.”

One of Hill’s fellow nominees in his category, American Hustle actor Bradley Cooper, is in a state of disbelief, too. Apparently, his nomination last year, for Silver Linings Playbook, and his current nod haven’t sunk in yet. Cooper said Monday he kept waiting for someone to take him aside and ask him, “What are you doing here?”

Cooper was disappointed that Tom Hanks was not nominated for his performance in Captain Phillips, as many critics had expected. He opined, “It’s kind of crazy that he’s not. I’d like to hang out with him.”

Cooper’s American Hustle co-star, best supporting actress nominee Amy Adams, was asked at the luncheon whether she’s thought about what she’ll wear on the big night. Her answer: “Sometimes I feel like I am dressing in costume on the red carpet, and this year I want to feel like myself. So I guarantee when I’m on the red carpet this year you can know that’s a dress that I would wear. It’s not a character’s dress.”

ABC will air the Oscars live on March 2.

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