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Ivan Reitman, Carey Mulligan & Kathryn Bigelow: Oscar Nominees Luncheon

James Cameron, Ivan Reitman

James Cameron talks to Ivan Reitman at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Monday, Feb. 15, '10.

This year, James Cameron is in the running for three Academy Awards for his work on the megablockbuster Avatar: Best Director, Best Editing (shared), and as one of the producers of the Best Picture nominee. Ivan Reitman is one of the producers of Up in the Air, directed, co-produced, and co-written by his son Jason Reitman. Cameron won a Best Director Oscar for Titanic (1997); Reitman, despite several highly successful directorial efforts – e.g., Ghost Busters (1984), Dave (1993) – has never been nominated in that category.

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the United States, it'll be televised live by ABC.

Photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Vera Farmiga socialize at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal is a first-time nominee for Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart, in which she plays Jeff Bridges' love interest. Her brother, Jake Gyllenhaal, was a Best Supporting Actor nominee for Brokeback Mountain in 2005. Best Supporting Actress nominee Vera Farmiga is another first-timer. She plays George Clooney's romantic interest in Jason Reitman's socially conscious comedy-drama Up in the Air.

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the United States, it'll be televised live by ABC.

Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Gabourey Sidibe

Front row (from left) Paul N.J. Ottosson, Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe. Second row (from left) Jason Reitman, Ivan Reitman, Morgan Freeman, Kathryn Bigelow, Jeremy Renner, and Sarah Siegel-Magness. Third row (from left) Geoffrey Patterson, Sandy Powell, Greg Shapiro, Daniel Dubiecki and Joachim Back at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.

Paul N.J. Ottosson is up for two Academy Awards: Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing for The Hurt Locker. Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga are both in the running in the Best Supporting Actress category for the comedy-drama Up in the Air. Maggie Gyllenhaal is a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Crazy Heart. Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe are Best Actress nominees for, respectively, An Education and Precious.

Jason Reitman is an Oscar contender for directing, co-writing, and co-producing Up in the Air, while Ivan Reitman is one of the producers of that film. Morgan Freeman is a Best Actor nominee for Invictus, Kathryn Bigelow is a Best Director nominee and Jeremy Renner is a Best Actor nominee for The Hurt Locker. Sarah Siegel-Magness is one of the producers of Precious.

Geoffrey Patterson is a Best Sound Mixing nominee for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Sandy Powell in the running in the Best Costume Design category for The Young Victoria. Greg Shapiro is one of the four nominated The Hurt Locker producers, while Daniel Dubiecki is one of the nominated producers of Up in the Air. Joachim Back is the director of Live Action Short Film nominee The New Tenants.

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the United States, it'll be televised live by ABC.

Photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

Richard Edlund, James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow

Visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund, James Cameron, and Kathryn Bigelow at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.

Richard Edlund has won two competitive Academy Awards – for Star Wars (1977) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – in addition to two Special Achievement Awards, for The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). (All of Edlund's awards were shared with other visual effects technicians.) James Cameron is in the running this year for three Academy Awards for Avatar: Best Director, Best Editing (shared), and as one of the producers of the Best Picture nominee. Kathryn Bigelow is a Best Director nominee for the Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker. She's only the fourth woman to get a nomination in that category.

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the United States, it'll be televised live by ABC.

Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

Christoph Waltz, Morgan Freeman

Christoph Waltz and Morgan Freeman get to talk at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.

This year, Christoph Waltz received his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a vicious Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Waltz is the odds-on favorite to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Morgan Freeman's nomination for his impersonation of South African leader Nelson Mandela in Clint Eastwood's Invictus is his fifth Oscar nomination and his third in the lead category. Freeman's previous nominations were for Street Smart (1987, supporting), Driving Miss Daisy (1989, lead), The Shawshank Redemption (1994, lead), and Million Dollar Baby (2004, supporting). He won an Oscar for Million Dollar Baby.

The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the United States, it'll be televised live by ABC.

Photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

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