11 things we discovered at the Oscars class photo

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Each of Margot Robbie, Mary J Blige, gathered in Los Angeles on Monday for the classic Oscar “class photo”.

This year’s Academy Awards contenders rubbed four weeks shoulders at the annual nominees’ luncheon took place, before they regroup for the ceremony itself.

While the catering team of the Academy probably sick of the sight of Meryl Streep, we are certainly not.

And yet, we have to be ever tired of the irregularities and fascinating outfits that are always available through the class photo. Here are 11 things that we spotted this year.

(Luckily, Vanity Fair-Photoshop-editor was not there to help, so this is a Hollywood photo where no one received an extra leg.)

1. First of all, is,… with a cardboard cut-out?

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Yes, Yes, it is.

At 89 years of age, Agnes Varda is thought to be the oldest nominee in Oscar history.

The Belgium-born Director nominated in the best documentary category for Mugs villages [faces and places].

Unfortunately Agnes could not make it to the lunch in person. So your co-Director JR instead of holding cardboard cut-out of your.

We do not know why no one has thought of this – just think of all the high times you must participate out of that. (Actually, does anyone know where to order one of these?)

2. Hey look, it’s Mitzeee from Hollyoaks

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It is fair to say that we don’t often use the words “Hollyoaks” and “Oscars” in the same sentence.

But, it’s there, third row from the front and fourth from the right: Rachel Shenton.

The silent child, written by Shenton and directed by Chris Overton (also a former actor from the British soap) is nominated for best live action short film.

“I don’t think so, class, to do me as a writer, so I felt grossly under-qualified for this,” she said last month. But you surely will look out of place in this year’s class photo.

3. This guy was in the gym and that you know it

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“Oh, that? Oh, it’s just my biceps. I had totally forgot it was there! Geez, what I like am, eh?”

To have Dunkirk cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, a towel around his neck seems to be, because obviously he’s just come directly from the treadmill.

4. Eric Fellner would be a terrible spy

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The co-Chairman of Working Title films might have managed to stay behind the scenes as a producer of Darkest Hour, but had less success to go undetected here, peering from behind the huge Statue.

Of course, maybe he had placed there, aware of his uncanny resemblance to Oscar himself.

5. The people in Los Angeles really need to tailor Timberlake stop with Justin’s, because this is getting silly now

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After last year, the pants gate, we really 2018 would be different thought.

Not only Raphael Saadiq Sport socks is a rather brave beige pants/grey combo, but the tailor had clearly run out of fuel by the time the music producer got round to ordering an outfit.


*shakes fist*

6. It wasn’t all grey

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In a sea of boring suits and generic ties, a few brave souls Stand out from the crowd with a splash of color.

We extend a special welcome to make-up artist Daniel Phillips, Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan and The Big Sick writer Emily V Gordon.

We dont care if you win on all the actual trophies you have already won, in this year ‘ s photo.

7. Basketball injuries go unnoticed

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It is Usual in the back row of the song are nominated for the best original in addition to Diane Warren for For Something to enter from the film, Marshall.

The rapper looked so dapper, you wouldn’t notice, he was to hide actually tried a black eye.

He wore glasses to hide in the hope the bruising is trying to suffered after a basketball mishap at the weekend.

8. Not everyone was successful, look in the camera

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There is always a.

Or, in this case, two.

We have all done it Mudbound co-writer and Director Dee Rees at some point and blink in the moment a photo is taken.

(Although in our case, this relates to only our 62 Instagram followers instead of the millions of people see an icon and important piece of film history.)

Sam Rockwell has to keep his eyes open, but smiling and looking at the camera proved to be too much.

9. Quite a lot of men don’t exist?

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126 to be exact.

With 46 Women.

(And one of them is a cardboard cut-out.)

It’s a question that Academy-President John Bailey is aware of the reference to the gender imbalance, when he spoke at lunch.

“The Academy is at a crossroads of change,” he said. “We are inventing witnesses to this motion picture academy, in front of our eyes, and a greater awareness and responsibility in the balancing of gender, race, ethnic origin, religion.”

10. Kobe Bryant is in a sitting position

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This is a very sensible idea, since he was six-and-a-half meters high.

He had to get up was allowed, he would have certainly concealed breadwinner-Director Nora Twomey and make-up artist David Malinowski, at least, were right behind him.

You could probably put him on the floor and he would still be there, tower over half of the people, so we take our hat off to Laura Dern, who takes care of all of the candidates were in their assigned space.

11. But the candidates are missing on this photo?

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Well, Daniel Day-Lewis is absent, because he is, of course. (Maybe because he was busy, the order for a larger trophy Cabinet from Ikea.)

He was not the only Phantom threaded-star, has not managed to see though – best actress in a supporting role nominated Lesley Manville is nowhere, either (she is currently on stage in the West End).

Elsewhere, Christopher Plummer was also absent from the lunch, although he could probably be edited in later.

Denzel Washington and Woody Harrelson, nominated for best actor and supporting actor categories sent their apologies.

Perhaps one of the most notable absentee is the best, favorite actress, Frances McDormand, nominated who is for Three billboards Outside of low tide, Missouri.

Bonus: The ‘alternative’ image

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As it is the tradition, the photographer also found a “fun” version of the photo, where the candidates were asked, making a funny face or different poses.

Several simply applauded, others put their thumbs up, but the full credit goes to Wote Watu: All of Us-Director, Katja Benrath to disguise in the first row, for the somewhat-more-original, rock on hand sign, and Prefer to be Basketball-animator Glen Keane for the administration, his own face with the arm waving from the fifth row.Summary: What we saw in last year ‘ s photo