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The Oscar Nominees: Our First Impressions Pt. 1

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Monday The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences held its annual luncheon for the Oscar nominees at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Approximately 120 nominees were on hand, including Fifteen of the twenty nominees in the acting categories.

LAist was invited into the interview room where nominees such as Richard Jenkins, Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, and Kate Winslet took questions from the press.

The interview room was exactly like the presidential press conference sketches you see on Saturday Night Live. It was the first chance the press had to interview many of the stars. Unfortunately, most questions were slightly misguided or outright softballs.

Every reporter had their favorite question, except for the lady who seemed to start talking first and make up the question as she went along. In the end, we didn't join in the shouting match because it wasn't the right place for "What's your favorite late-night eats in LA?" or our favorite, "Beatles vs. Stones?"

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Let's have a look at the nominees who participated, their answers, jokes, and soft mushy spots.