Voter No. 1: “The first question I ask when I'm considering what I will give a 'No. 1' ranking is very simple: Will I watch this movie again? My No. 1 vote this year goes to 'Wolf of Wall Street' and my answer to that question is an emphatic 'Yes!' I also ask myself, 'Is this an important film in what is done, said or shown?' Again, 'Wolf' gets my vote on all three of those counts. It shows us the underbelly of the Wall Street culture of greed and it also shows us what makes that greed so attractive. This is not a story, like [Oliver Stone's]'Wall Street,' where the con artist is basically the Antichrist. Each viewer can see and feel that they could want the same things that the con artist wants. No one has done that before.”
Voter No. 2: “For me, it's a matter of how well the film flows. Story is important to me, but subject matter is not. If everything flows, any subject matter can be interesting. I have a wide range of what's important: Is it believable? How is the acting? The writing? Does it all work together? Is it smooth? This year, all the nominees are excellent, but 'Wolf of Wall Street' is my best picture choice. Everything flowed!”
Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams and Sandra Bullock on the red carpet at the Oscar Nominees Lunch
First-time nominees Lupita Nyong'o and Barkhad Abdi inside the Beverly Hilton ballroom
Pharrell Williams and Sandra Bullock at the Oscar Nominees Lunch at the Beverly Hilton
"The Wolf of Wall Street" nominee Leonardo DiCaprio on working with Martin Scorsese: "I think ultimately we gain more and more trust with each other as the years have gone by."
U2's Bono is nominated for the song "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."
"Philomena's" Steve Coogan and Gabrielle Tana
Crossing our fingers they exchanged phone numbers... Bono with "Frozen's" Santino Fontana, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Josh Gad
Steve McQueen at the Oscar Nominees lunch: "It gives me great pride that we made this film." McQueen enjoyed the Q&A so much he asked the press for more questions.
Director Alfonso Cuaron on "Gravity's" message: "We go through adversities every day of our lives - those adversities shape who we are."
Lupita Nyong'o on the awards season: "It's just been an incredible journey and it continues to be that."
"Before Midnight's" Julie Delpy is nominated with co-writers Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater.
Supporting actress nominee June Squibb on "Nebraska" director Alexander Payne: "He's a director who knows how an actor works."
"Frozen's" producer Peter Del Vecho with writers/directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck
Matthew McConaughey is enjoying awards season. "I'm already in celebration mode," he said at the Oscar Nominees lunch.
Documentary nominee "The Square's" producer Karim Amer and director Jehane Noujaim
"Despicable Me 2" team Chris Meledandri and Pharrell Williams, and Pharrell Williams' hat
"Her's" Spike Jonze and Annapurna's Megan Ellison inside the Oscar Nominees luncheon
Netflix's Ted Sarandos and Josh Gad of "Frozen"
Meryl Streep and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves at the Oscar Nominees Lunch
Jared Leto on bringing his mom to events: "The best part is to be able to thank the people who have been with you for so long." Mom was not in attendance at today's Oscar Nominees luncheon.
David Heyman and Alfonso Cuaron flank Academy CEO Dawn Hudson
Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger, June Squibb and Bob Nelson of "Nebraska" enjoy the Oscar Nominees lunch.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" nominee Jonah Hill on working with Martin Scorsese: "I would paint his house if he asked me to."
Why so shy, David O. Russell?
Shia LaBeouf sports a paper bag at the world premiere of "Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1" at the Berlin Film Festival.
LaBeouf's "I Am Not Famous Anymore" paper bag is part of an ongoing Twitter campaign.
The "Tranformers" star has been embroiled in controversy since admitting to plagiarizing a recent short film.
Sunday was LaBeouf's first public appearance since the Daniel Clowes plagiarizing incident.
At least he recycles?
Photographers at the Berlin Film Festival got a kick out of LaBeouf's bag of tricks.
Earlier in the day, it was director Lars von Trier who sported a Cannes 'Persona non Grata' shirt after the festival kicked him out two years ago for controversial Nazi remarks.
The actor abruptly left the "Nymphomaniac" press conference after he was asked about his sexual performance in the film.
Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" is a sex epic/comedy starring LaBeouf, Uma Thurman and Charlotte Gainsberg and opens in limited release March 21.
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