Luncheon for Oscar Nominees: Warren Beatty & James Franco + Annette Bening & Jeff Bridges

Annette Bening Jeff BridgesLuncheon for Oscar nominees Annette Bening, Jeff Bridges and (partially) Nicole Kidman.

Annette Bening, Jeff Bridges photos: Oscar Nominees Luncheon 2011

Best Actress Academy Award nominee Annette Bening sits on Best Actor nominee Jeff Bridges' leg at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2011 Oscar Nominees Luncheon, held in Beverly Hills on Feb. 7. (Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman can be partially seen behind them.)

Annette Bening is in the running for her performance as a lesbian wife/companion and mother in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Julianne Moore plays her companion; Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson are her children.

Veteran Jeff Bridges has been nominated for his work as Rooster Cogburn in Joel and Ethan Coen's Western True Grit, which had been previously filmed by Henry Hathaway in 1969, earning John Wayne an Oscar. Nicole Kidman is up for John Cameron Mitchell's family drama Rabbit Hole.

Warren Beatty in attendance

Annette Bening's husband, Warren Beatty, was also present at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon. (See below.) He didn't take part in the group photo session because he wasn't a nominee.

Beatty's last movie was the expensive Peter Chelsom-directed flop Town & Country (2001). At the 1982 Oscar ceremony, he took home the Best Director Academy Award for the political drama Reds, co-starring Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

Nicole Kidman, Jeff Bridges, Annette Bening photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.

James Franco Warren Beatty Oscar Nominees LuncheonJames Franco and Warren Beatty: Oscar Nominees Luncheon.

Warren Beatty, James Franco: Oscar Nominees Luncheon picture

Warren Beatty and James Franco don't seem to agree on which way is out at the Academy' Oscar Nominees Luncheon. James Franco is a Best Actor contender for Danny Boyle's real-life inspired drama 127 Hours, in which he plays hiker/mountain climber Aron Ralston. Franco will also be co-hosting the Academy Awards ceremony with Anne Hathaway. As mentioned above, Warren Beatty isn't up for any Oscars, but wife Annette Bening is a Best Actress nominee for The Kids Are All Right.

Warren Beatty has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards, including four as Best Actor (Bonnie and Clyde, Heaven Can Wait, Reds, and Bugsy). His other nominations were in the Best Picture (as one of the nominated film's producers), Best Director, and Best Screenplay categories. Besides his Best Director win for Reds, Beatty also took home the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 2000.

James Franco, Warren Beatty photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.

Javier Bardem Alejandro González-IñárrituJavier Bardem and Alejandro González Iñárritu: Oscar Nominees Luncheon.

Javier Bardem, Alejandro González Iñárritu

Javier Bardem and Alejandro González Iñárritu are seen above enjoying the biutiful life. Bardem is a Best Actor nominee for his performance in Biutiful, which is also in the running in the Best Foreign Language Film category. González Iñárritu, whose credits include Amores Perros and Babel, directed the socially conscious drama that has been doing quite well at the North American box office.

Javier Bardem won the 2007 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as a murderous psychopath in Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men. He had been previously nominated for Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls (2000).

González Iñárritu was a Best Director nominee for Best Picture contender Babel (2006), which also earned him a nomination as one of the film's producers.

The 2011 Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Javier Bardem, Alejandro González Iñárritu photo: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.

Helena Bonham CarterHelena Bonham Carter at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon.

Helena Bonham Carter at Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Helena Bonham Carter signs autographs at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2011 Oscar Nominees Luncheon, held on Monday, Feb. 7, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Bonham Carter is a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee for Tom Hooper's period drama The King's Speech, which was shortlisted in a total of 12 categories.

Helena Bonham Carter had been previously nominated in the Best Actress category for another period drama, Iain Softley's arthouse entry The Wings of the Dove (1997). That year, she lost the Oscar to Helen Hunt for James L. Brooks' box office hit As Good as It Gets.

This year, The Fighter's Melissa Leo has won most of North American critics' awards. Leo also walked away with the Screen Actors Guild Award.

Helena Bonham Carter movies

Below is a partial list of Helena Bonham Carter films.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010).
    Dir.: David Yates.
    Cast: Daniel Radcliffe. Ralph Fiennes. Emma Watson. Rupert Grint. Helena Bonham Carter. Brendan Gleeson. Julie Walters. Fiona Shaw. David Thewlis. Richard Griffiths. Jason Isaacs. Imelda Staunton.
  • The King's Speech (2010).
    Dir.: Tom Hooper.
    Cast: Colin Firth. Helena Bonham Carter. Geoffrey Rush. Guy Pearce. Claire Bloom.
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010).
    Dir.: Tim Burton.
    Cast: Johnny Depp. Mia Wasikowska. Helena Bonham Carter. Anne Hathaway. Crispin Glover. Michael Sheen. Stephen Fry. Matt Lucas. Alan Rickman. Barbara Windsor.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).
    Dir.: David Yates.
    Cast: Daniel Radcliffe. Emma Watson. Rupert Grint. Helena Bonham Carter. Maggie Smith. Julie Walters. David Thewlis.
  • Terminator Salvation (2009).
    Dir.: McG.
    Cast: Christian Bale. Sam Worthington. Helena Bonham Carter. Bryce Dallas Howard. Moon Bloodgood. Anton Yelchin.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).
    Dir.: Tim Burton.
    Cast: Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Alan Rickman. Timothy Spall. Jamie Campbell Bower.
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
    Dir.: David Yates.
    Cast: Daniel Radcliffe. Ralph Fiennes. Emma Watson. Rupert Grint. Brendan Gleeson. Helena Bonham Carter. Imelda Staunton. Gary Oldman. Maggie Smith. Julie Walters. Alan Rickman. Emma Thompson.
  • Corpse Bride (2005).
    Dir.: Tim Burton and Mike Johnson.
    Voice Cast: Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Emily Watson. Tracey Ullman. Joanna Lumley. Paul Whitehouse. Christopher Lee.
  • Conversations with Other Women (2005).
    Dir.: Hans Canosa.
    Cast: Aaron Eckhart. Helena Bonham Carter. Brian Geraghty.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
    Dir.: Tim Burton.
    Cast: Johnny Depp. Freddie Highmore. Helena Bonham Carter. Noah Taylor. Christopher Lee. David Kelly.
  • Big Fish (2003).
    Dir.: Tim Burton.
    Cast: Ewan McGregor. Albert Finney. Jessica Lange. Billy Crudup. Helena Bonham Carter. Alison Lohman. Robert Guillaume. Marion Cotillard.
  • Planet of the Apes (2001).
    Dir.: Tim Burton.
    Cast: Mark Wahlberg. Helena Bonham Carter. Tim Roth. Paul Giamatti. David Warner. Kris Kristofferson. Michael Clarke Duncan.
  • Mighty Aphrodite (1995).
    Dir.: Woody Allen.
    Cast: Woody Allen. Mira Sorvino. Helena Bonham Carter. F. Murray Abraham. Olympia Dukakis. Claire Bloom. Jeffrey Kurland. David Ogden Stiers. Peter Weller. Rosemary Murphy. Paul Giamatti. Sondra James. Michael Rapaport. Jack Warden.
  • Howards End (1992).
    Dir.: James Ivory.
    Cast: Emma Thompson. Anthony Hopkins. Vanessa Redgrave. Helena Bonham Carter. Prunella Scales. Jemma Redgrave. James Wilby. Samuel West. Crispin Bonham-Carter. Simon Callow.
  • A Room with a View (1986).
    Dir.: James Ivory.
    Cast: Helena Bonham Carter. Julian Sands. Denholm Elliott. Maggie Smith. Patrick Godfrey. Daniel Day-Lewis. Rupert Graves. Judi Dench. Simon Callow. James Wilby.

2011 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees

This year's other Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees are:

  • Amy Adams for The Fighter.
  • Melissa Leo for David O. Russell's The Fighter.
  • Hailee Steinfeld for Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit.
  • Jacki Weaver for David Michôd's Animal Kingdom.

The 2011 Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27, in Los Angeles.

Photo of Helena Bonham Carter at the Oscars Nominees Luncheon: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

Geoffrey Rush Colin FirthGeoffrey Rush and Colin Firth at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon.

'The King's Speech' stars Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth at Oscar Nominees Luncheon

The King's Speech actors Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth shake hands at the Academy's 2011 Oscar Nominees Luncheon. Rush and Firth were both nominated for Tom Hooper's period drama written by David Seidler and based on real-life events. Firth is in the running for Best Actor; Rush is up for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Colin Firth was nominated last year for A Single Man. He lost to Jeff Bridges in Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart. Bridges is also in the running this year, for Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit.

Geoffrey Rush has been nominated three previous times:

  • Best Actor for Shine (1996).
    Dir.: Scott Hicks.
    Cast: Geoffrey Rush. Lynn Redgrave. Armin Mueller-Stahl. Noah Taylor. Googie Withers.
    Winner: Geoffrey Rush.
  • Best Supporting Actor for Shakespeare in Love (1998).
    Dir.: Scott Hicks.
    Cast: Joseph Fiennes. Gwyneth Paltrow. Geoffrey Rush. Judi Dench. Colin Firth. Tom Wilkinson. Simon Callow. Imelda Staunton. Ben Affleck.
    Winner: James Coburn for Paul Schrader's Affliction.
  • Best Actor for Quills (2000).
    Dir.: Philip Kaufman.
    Cast: Geoffrey Rush. Kate Winslet. Joaquin Phoenix. Michael Caine. Billie Whitelaw.
    Winner: Russell Crowe for Ridley Scott's Gladiator.

Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

Rick Baker Mark WalhbergRick Baker and Mark Wahlberg: Oscar Nominees Luncheon.

Make-up artist Rick Baker and actor-producer Mark Wahlberg: Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Two-time Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg and multiple Oscar-winning make-up artist Rick Baker shake hands at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2011 Oscar Nominees Luncheon, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on Monday, Feb. 7.

Multiple Oscar winner Rick Baker

Make-up artist Rick Baker has taken home six Academy Awards. This year, he's in the running again – along with fellow make-up artist Dave Elsey – for Joe Johnston's costly box office flop The Wolfman. (July 2015 update: Baker – once again for a werewolf movie – and Elsey were the winners of the 2011 Best Make-Up Oscar.)

Below is the full list of Rick Baker's Oscar wins.

  • The Wolfman (2010).
    Dir.: Joe Johnston.
    Cast: Benicio Del Toro. Anthony Hopkins. Emily Blunt. Geraldine Chaplin. Hugo Weaving. Asa Butterfield.
    Make-Up Artists: Rick Baker. Dave Elsey.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).
    Dir.: Ron Howard.
    Cast: Jim Carrey. Jeffrey Tambor. Christine Baranski. Taylor Momsen. Bill Irwin. Molly Shannon.
    Make-Up Artists: Rick Baker. Gail Rowell-Ryan.
  • Men in Black (1997).
    Dir.: Barry Sonnenfeld.
    Cast: Tommy Lee Jones. Will Smith. Linda Fiorentino. Vincent D'Onofrio. Rip Torn. Tony Shalhoub.
    Make-Up Artists: Rick Baker. David LeRoy Anderson.
  • The Nutty Professor (1996).
    Dir.: Tom Shadyac.
    Cast: Eddie Murphy. Jada Pinkett Smith. James Coburn. Larry Miller. Dave Chappelle.
    Make-Up Artists: Rick Baker. David LeRoy Anderson.
  • Ed Wood (1994).
    Dir.: Tim Burton.
    Cast: Johnny Depp. Martin Landau. Sarah Jessica Parker. Patricia Arquette. Jeffrey Jones. G.D. Spradlin. Vincent D'Onofrio. Bill Murray. Mike Starr.
    Make-Up Artists: Rick Baker. Ve Neill. Yolanda Toussieng.
  • Harry and the Hendersons (1987).
    Dir.: William Dear.
    Cast: John Lithgow. Melinda Dillon. Kevin Peter Hall. David Suchet. Lainie Kazan. Don Ameche. M. Emmet Walsh.
    Make-Up Artist: Rick Baker.
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981).
    Dir.: John Landis.
    Cast: David Naughton. Jenny Agutter. Griffin Dunne. Frank Oz.
    Make-Up Artist: Rick Baker.

Mark Wahlberg bypassed as actor, shortlisted as producer

This year, Mark Wahlberg is an Oscar nominee for the David O. Russell-directed boxing drama The Fighter – not as the film's lead, but as one of its producers (along with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman).

In the Best Actor category, Wahlberg was bypassed by the Academy. In fact, he was the only The Fighter star not to be shortlisted in the acting categories – Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, and Christian Bale are all in.

Five years ago, Mark Wahlberg was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for Martin Scorsese's mafia drama The Departed. The winner that year was veteran Alan Arkin for Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' Little Miss Sunshine.

Mark Wahlberg movies

Below is a list of several Mark Wahlberg films released in the last few years.

  • The Fighter (2010).
    Dir.: David O. Russell.
    Cast: Mark Wahlberg. Amy Adams. Christian Bale. Melissa Leo.
  • The Lovely Bones (2009).
    Dir.: Peter Jackson.
    Cast: Mark Wahlberg. Rachel Weisz. Susan Sarandon. Saoirse Ronan. Stanley Tucci. Michael Imperioli. Reece Ritchie. Rose McIver.
  • Shooter (2007).
    Dir.: Antoine Fuqua.
    Cast: Mark Wahlberg. Kate Mara. Danny Glover. Michael Peña. Ned Beatty. Elias Koteas. Tate Donovan.
  • The Departed (2006).
    Dir.: Martin Scorsese.
    Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio. Matt Damon. Vera Farmiga. Jack Nicholson. Mark Wahlberg. Martin Sheen. Ray Winstone. Alec Baldwin.
  • I Heart Huckabees (2004).
    Dir.: David O. Russell.
    Cast: Jason Schwartzman. Dustin Hoffman. Isabelle Huppert. Naomi Watts. Jude Law. Mark Wahlberg. Lily Tomlin. Tippi Hedren. Talia Shire.

The 2011 Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27, in Los Angeles.

Oscar Nominees Luncheon photo of make-up artist Rick Baker and actor / producer Mark Wahlberg: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

Mark Ruffalo Michelle Williams Matthew LibatiqueMark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams and Matthew Libatique: Oscar Nominees Luncheon.

Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams and Matthew Libatique

2011 Academy Award nominees Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, and Matthew Libatique are seen above at the Academy's Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Mark Ruffalo is a Best Supporting Actor nominee for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, co-starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.

Michelle Williams is in the running for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine, co-starring Ryan Gosling.

And cinematographer Matthew Libatique was shortlisted for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder.

Matthew Libatique and Mark Ruffalo are first-time Oscar nominees. Michelle Williams was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain (2005); that year's winner was Rachel Weisz for Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener.

Photo of Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, and Matthew Libatique: Ivan Vejar / © A.M.P.A.S.

Nicole Kidman Jim GianopulosNicole Kidman and Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman James Gianopulos: Oscar Luncheon

Best Actress Oscar nominee Nicole Kidman at the 2011 Oscar Luncheon

Nicole Kidman and Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman James Gianopulos are pictured above at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2011 Oscar Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, Feb. 7.

Kidman is a Best Actress contender for John Cameron Mitchell's drama Rabbit Hole, also featuring Aaron Eckhart, Miles Teller, Tammy Blanchard, Giancarlo Esposito, Sandra Oh, Jon Tenney, Stephen Mailer, and two-time Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Dianne Wiest (for Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters and Bullets Over Broadway).

Nicole Kidman Oscar nominations

Nicole Kidman had been previously nominated for Baz Luhrmann's musical Moulin Rouge! (2001), co-starring Ewan McGregor and Jim Broadbent, and she took home the Best Actress Oscar statuette for Stephen Daldry's The Hours (2002), co-starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Ed Harris, Jeff Daniels, and Toni Collette.

Kidman's fellow Best Actress nominees this year are:

  • Natalie Portman for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.
  • Jennifer Lawrence for Debra Granik's Winter's Bone.
  • Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right.
  • Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine.

For her performance as a mentally unstable ballerina opposite Barbara Hershey, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, and Winona Ryder, Portman is considered the runaway favorite.

Nicole Kidman is currently married to Australian (but New Zealand-born) country singer Keith Urban. Her previous husband was Tom Cruise (1990–2001), her leading man in Tony Scott's Days of Thunder (1990), Ron Howard's Far and Away (1992), and Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (1999).

As for James Gianopulos, he wasn't nominated for any Academy Awards, but he is a member of the Academy's Board of Governors.

The 2011 Oscar ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27, in Hollywood. Top contenders include Tom Hooper's The King's Speech and its stars, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter.

James Gianopulos and Nicole Kidman photo: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

 Warren Beatty Tom HooperWarren Beatty, Tom Hooper and Academy President Tom Sherak.

Warren Beatty, Tom Hooper and Academy President Tom Sherak: Oscar Luncheon

Tom Hooper, Academy President Tom Sherak, and Warren Beatty are seen above at the Academy's Oscar Nominees Luncheon. Tom Hooper is a Best Director nominee for The King's Speech.

Warren Beatty wasn't nominated for anything this year, though, as mentioned above, his wife Annette Bening is up for the Best Actress Oscar for The Kids Are All Right, co-starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson. To date, Beatty has received four Best Actor Oscar nominations:

  • Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (1967).
  • Warren Beatty and Buck Henry's Heaven Can Wait (1978).
  • Warren Beatty's Reds (1981).
  • Barry Levinson's Bugsy (1991).

Additionally, he took home the Best Director Oscar for Reds.

Tom Hooper, Tom Sherak, and Warren Beatty photo: Darren Decker / © A.M.P.A.S.

 

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