151 contenders showed up

At Monday’s annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the BevHilton, 151 contenders showed up, the largest number ever since the event began in 1982. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences prexy Tom Sherak reminded that “here in this room, all the nominees are equal.” That was his way of explaining why there was no “pattern” to the 10-person tables: sound mixers were seated at tables next to best-pic producers, documakers mixed it up with acting contenders. Oscarcast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer reminded winners to “be memorable” and brief in their acceptance speeches, and introduced an innovation for this year’s show: Featured on the ABC telecast Feb. 27 will be “mominees,” the mothers of nominees, who will be interviewed and who will be tweeting from the event.

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