Oscar nominees gathered for the 25th Annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon in LA. The ladies all looked lovely.
Known as one of Hollywood's most stalwart liberals, Clooney drew a laugh at a pre-lunch press conference when he said, "I am bringing Dick Cheney as my date. He was so nice. He called me and invited me to go hunting."
The hunting reference was to Cheney's accidental shooting of a companion during a quail-hunting party over the weekend.
On a serious note, Clooney added, "I don't really feel like I am going to win. I just like the idea of showing up."
They feasted on "surf and turf," sea bass and fillet, traded gossip and posed for a group photograph in which Joaquin Phoenix, nominated for best actor playing singer Johnny Cash in "Walk The Line," almost stumbled into a giant Oscar statue when it came his turn to accept a nomination certificate and Oscar shirt.
To see all the nominees in their class photo
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