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Academy Award Nominees Talk Backstage At Annual Oscars Lunch

posted 4 Feb 2013, 16:33 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 4 Feb 2013, 16:34 ]

Oscar nominees talk shop and express feelings about attending the 85th annual Academy Awards.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIAUNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 4, 2013) (AMPAS POOL) -  At the annual Oscar luncheon, nominees spoke about getting ready for the Academy Awards, to getting in character for their role, to just appreciating the fact that they were nominated.

Ben Affleck, who won top honors from his peers at the Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Critics' Choice awards for the Iran hostage movie "Argo," addressed his best director Oscar snub at the luncheon backstage.

"It's tremendous," said Affleck. "I mean we got seven nominations including best picture, I'm elated by that, truly, genuinely thrilled and like I said, there are nine amazing movies, any of which could win, any of which would deserve to win if they did, so I don't get into worrying about who got what and who didn't get what. I've had many, many, many, many, many years watching from home."

Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for her starring role in "Silver Linings Playbook," said that eating normally calms her down before the big day.

"I remember before the Oscars I was wearing that skin tight dress and I ate a Philly cheesesteak and fries and was like, 'this is definitely going to help,' which it didn't, because I had to double up on my Spanx," she joked.

Anne Hathaway, nominated for a best supporting Oscar for her role in "Les Miserables," said she doesn't take her stardom for granted.

"I've been given extraordinary opportunities; I've also fought for extraordinary opportunities," she said. "So I don't believe you're ever just there in this golden moment, I think you probably always have to remind people that you're there, that you have something to offer beyond what they could've imagined for you. I also think that's part of being an actor."

The 85th annual Academy Awards will be broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 24.