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Nominees do lunch today

Academy Award nominees will gather at the Beverly Hilton today for the 16th annual Nominees Luncheon.

Those expected to attend from lead actor categories include Brenda Blethyn, Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand, Billy Bob Thornton and Kristin Scott Thomas. From supporting categories, Cuba Gooding Jr., Barbara Hershey, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Edward Norton and James Woods are expected.

Also scheduled to attend are directing and screenwriting nominees Scott Hicks, Mike Leigh and Anthony Minghella, and screenwriting nominee Cameron Crowe. Michael Kidd, who will receive an honorary award, and Saul Zaentz, who will receive the Irving Thalberg Award, also are expected.

The Oscars will be telecast live from the Shrine Auditorium on March 24, starting at 6 p.m.

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