Promises 'One hell of a kick-ass fun night'

One hundred eighteen of this year’s Academy Awards contenders gathered at the Beverly Hilton on Monday for the 29th annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon — or, as AMPAS prexy Tom Sherak called it, “Oscar’s ultimate nominee mixer.”

Adam Shankman promised “one hell of a kick-ass fun night” March 7 while his fellow producer, Bill Mechanic, urged winners to avoid thank-you speeches consisting solely of names: Speaking from experience, he said “being laundry-listed didn’t make me feel great.”

As usual, the Academy was democratic in its seating, with a visual effects person, for example, seated at the same table as an actor, songwriter and producer — as a reminder, said Sherak, that “all nominees are equal.”

Also in attendance were Governors Award winner Roger Corman, ABC’s Anne Sweeney, Acad officials, governors and press members.

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