Oscar nominees to gather for annual luncheon


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The familiar award-season refrain "it's just nice to be nominated" will be celebrated Monday at the motion picture academy's annual luncheon honoring Oscar nominees in all 24 categories.

More than 150 nominees — from hairstylists and makeup artists to auteur directors and A-list actors — are expected to attend the affair at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The guest list includes "American Hustle" stars Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper; Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto of "Dallas Buyers Club"; Sandra Bullock of "Gravity"; Lupita Nyong'o of "12 Years a Slave"; and many more.

Each nominee for best director is also on the guest list, including Alfonso Cuarón, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, David O. Russell and Martin Scorsese.

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