Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, and Jacki Weaver were all in attendance at the 2013 Oscar Nominees Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Monday, February 4. Hathaway, Adams, Field, Hunt, and Weaver, I should add, are all 2013 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees. (Photo, from left to right: Sally Field, Amy Adams, Jacki Weaver, Anne Hathaway and Helen Hunt. Please click on it to check out the full-size, high-resolution image.)
Sally Field: Oscar veteran 2013
Sally Field is the veteran-est among this year’s nominees: Formerly (as well as currently) a television star, Field won the 1979 Best Actress Oscar for Martin Ritt’s socially conscious drama Norma Rae. She repeated the feat five years later for her performance in Robert Benton’s family drama Places in the Heart. This year, Field was shortlisted for Steven Spielberg’s well-received historical drama Lincoln, in which she plays Daniel Day-Lewis / Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.
Jacki Weaver, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt: Two-time nominees
Jacki Weaver was a surprise Best Supporting Actress nominee for the David O. Russell-directed Weinstein Company release Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro. In fact, all four major cast members were shortlisted. Weaver earned her first Oscar nomination, also in the supporting category, for David Michod’s Animal Kingdom (2010).
Anne Hathaway, the favorite to take home this year’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as Fantine in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, has one previous Oscar nod: for Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married (2008). Helen Hunt, for her part, won the Best Actress Oscar for James L. Brooks’ comedy As Good as It Gets (1997), co-starring Best Actor winner Jack Nicholson and Greg Kinnear. Hunt’s nomination for The Sessions, in which she plays John Hawkes’ therapist, is her first in fifteen years.
Amy Adams: To break Thelma Ritter’s Best Supporting Actress record?
And finally, Amy Adams is a four-time Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee. Adams’ previous nods were for Junebug (2005), Doubt (2008), and The Fighter (2010). Two more nominations in the supporting category and Adams will match Thelma Ritter’s record back in the ’50s / early ’60s: All About Eve (1950), The Mating Season (1951), With a Song in My Heart (1952), Pickup on South Street (1953), Pillow Talk (1959), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962).
Sally Field, Amy Adams, Jacki Weaver, Helen Hunt, and Anne Hathaway 2013 Oscar Nominees Luncheon photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.