I love the history of things. Towns. People. Movies. Events. Snapshots of a time in history or for history.
I’ve always loved the Oscar Nominee Luncheon, where all the nominees gather in one place, The Beverly Hilton off Wilshire Blvd. It is a definitive time in history. Game changers in the world of movies. Icons. Newbies. All in one room together. All incredibly relaxed and having fun, unlike the nerves that will jumble inside them on Oscar Night.
All the years I attended the luncheon, I found the nominees so open and fun. It’s kinda like that first day of college, in your dorm –you’re all kinda in this together and you’re the only ones who knows what it feels like. Every person is in the same boat. All Oscar Nominees. Kinda a cool thing.
The second cool thing is this: Many fans believe that all these stars see each other all the time and know each and hang out. Actually, it’s mostly the opposite. In fact, one of the aspects of the day nominees tell me they like the most is that they get to meet other nominees who they admire, adore and have, in some cases, been an inspiration.
I’ve watched it personally many times. I remember sitting down with Jeremy Renner when he was first nominated for an Oscar in 2010. He was looking around at all the Oscar Nominees going from interview to interview, giving each other hugs, meeting for the first time and he shook his head. I asked what he was thinking and he said, “Man, it’s just surreal. Just incredible.”
I’m sure Ben Affleck had fun yesterday. Ben has talked with me about how he studies his craft intensely. Especially the work of directors both current and those who’ve come before him…back to the 30s n 40s as well.
I can only image how he was yesterday, especially standing in that crowd of his fellow nominees to take the official Oscar picture. I’m pretty sure he may have thought back to 1998 when he and Matt Damon were Oscar Nominated Screenwriters. What a path those two have traveled, right?
Here’s a quick video from ITV about yesterday’s Oscar Luncheon.