This year's best actress Oscar nominees stepped out today at the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills. Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Hailee Steinfeld, Helena Bonham Carter, and Melissa Leo all stopped by the interview room to talk about their Oscar-nominated performances, awards-season style, and why their roles spoke to them. Amy said she had great respect for costar Christian Bale's method approach to acting, and Natalie said being "drawn to the world of dance" attracted her to Black Swan. Meanwhile, a Chanel-clad Michelle said she missed her Blue Valentine costar Ryan Gosling, who wasn't at the luncheon. Surprisingly, he didn't score a nod for his work in the movie.
Talk also turned to awards-season style, and Nicole said her daughter, Sunday Rose, is a fan of "pretty dresses" and will likely have a big say in her Oscar night look. She said, "Fingers crossed. I might be wearing a tutu!" Helena also made light of her own fashion plans, saying that while she promises not to wear mismatched shoes to the ceremony, her outfit will still "probably be a catastrophe." While she and most of the other female nominees are by no means newcomers to the Hollywood scene, True Grit's Hailee and Winter's Bone star Jennifer are both enjoying newfound fame as actors. In fact, Jennifer said this will be the first time she misses her tradition of watching the show over linguine with her best friend!
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