Inside the Oscar Nominees Luncheon: Jennifer Lawrence Talks Fashion, Ben Affleck Breaks Down Competition

Taryn Ryder
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The Academy Awards nominees luncheon took place Monday at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, bringing out this year’s Oscar hopefuls.

Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence was glowing in a white strapless dress and admitted she has started thinking about what to wear on February 24.

“I’m going to wear sweatpants,” Lawrence joked to omg!. “No, I’ve been thinking about it and I’ve got some sketches together, but nothing decided yet. “

So will she opt for comfort or glamour?

“Last time was comfort,” the “Silver Linings Playbook” star told omg!, referring to her red Calvin Klein gown from 2011. “This year I’m like, ‘Suck it up! Wear a corset.’ I’m going to go for fashion this time. I say that, but at the end when you’re just exhausted from dressing up you never care! But no, I will.”

As for how she will calm her nerves on the big night, Lawrence revealed she usually turns to food.

"Right before [the last] Oscars I was wearing a skintight dress and I ate a Philly cheesesteak and fries and was like ‘This is definitely going to help,' which it didn’t. I ended up having to double my spanx!"

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Lawrence also told reporters that she hopes to bring both of her parents along as dates to the Academy Awards.

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Following his Best Director DGA win on Saturday night, Ben Affleck seems to be the hottest thing in Hollywood right now, but he told omg! there are plenty of fellow Oscar nominees he hopes to work with someday.

“I would love to work with [directors] Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Steven Spielberg – I would love to work with Kathryn Bigelow,” Affleck shared before laughing: “I don’t know what it says about me that I haven’t worked with any of those people!”

“Part of me, when I get around these people, I feel like I should be doing an audition or something,” continued the “Argo” director. “I’m just happy to be rubbing elbows with them.”

Many call it the upset of the season that Affleck didn't receive an Oscar nomination for Best Director. So does he think that category should be expanded?

“I leave those sorts of calculations to the Oscar-ologists,” Affleck said with a smile. “I feel so incredibly honored to be nominated as a producer for this movie. There are nine amazing movies, any of which could win, any of which deserve to win. So I don’t get into much of worrying about who got what, who didn’t get what. I’ve had many, many, many years of watching from home.”

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Inside the luncheon Affleck was seated at DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s table where many industry moguls came up to wish him good luck on the big day.

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Seated at the next table over, Denzel Washington had a very welcomed party crasher: Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, who walked up to the “Flight” actor’s seat to introduce herself (with parental supervision, of course).

“I gotta see her,” Washington had said earlier about meeting the 9-year-old nominee. “Maybe if I’m nice to her she’ll put me in one of her movies!”

Denzel and Quvenzhané took pictures together and seemed equally thrilled to meet the other.

All of the nominees were eventually wrangled to pose for their 2013 Class Picture. It looked like the spot to be would have been in between Best Actor nominee Hugh Jackman and Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain. The duo was smiling and laughing, and genuinely looked elated to be part of the prestigious ceremony.

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Anyone from the casts of “Lincoln” and “Les Miserables” seemed to garner a lot of applause from the famous crowd seated inside The Beverly Hilton. However, Steven Spielberg and Robert De Niro received the loudest cheers from the A-list audience when their names were announced.

Could this foreshadow what’s to come Oscar Sunday? Looks like we’ll all just have to tune in February 24 on ABC to find out!

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