Thompson on Hollywood

One of my fave events of the year, the Academy Nominations Lunch, assembles the Oscar nominees--more than a hundred--at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to celebrate, collect a certificate, and pose for a large group photo. The press corps gets a crack at the nominees on the red carpet, in the interview room and some of us actually get to sit down for a meal with nominees at randomly selected tables. Academy president Tom Sherak will deliver some guidelines on acceptance speeches--basically, keep 'em short.

TOH will report back via various media on our gleanings later today, but in the meantime the Academy is also live-streaming the event here and on Facebook:

Watch live streaming video from academyawards at

The schedule (Pacific Time) is below:

Schedule of Events

11:30-12:30 Interview room Q&A (visit to submit a question to be asked to one of the nominees)

1:00 Academy President Tom Sherak welcomes the guests

1:10 Group photo, then individual certificates of nomination handed out