One of the many perks of being nominated for an Oscar is getting to mingle and eat lunch at the annual Academy Awards luncheon. This year's gathering took place yesterday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Take a look at some of the familiar faces and some of the first-time nominees who chowed down and smiled for the cameras (not necessarily in that order) as they bask in the glow of awards season.
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From left to right: Berenice Bejo and Michael Hazanavicius, Michelle Williams, Martin Scorsese, Octavia Spencer, Nick Nolte, Gary Oldman, Alexander Payne, Brad Pitt, Damien Belchir, George Clooney, Brian Grazer, Jonah Hill, Melissa McCarthy, Aaron Sorkin, Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Viola Davis, Jean Dujardin and Rooney Mara.
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Inside the Beverly Hilton Ballroom prior to the luncheon.
Lunch menu... Trio of Sorbets in Chocolate Cup sounds sooo good.
Glenn Close, Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Williams and Janet McTeer mingle.
Kenneth Branagh with Moneyballers Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt.
The best actor nominees strike a pose.
Pull up a seat. Can't guarantee any food will show up though.
Class of 2012 Oscar nominees group photo.