AceShowbiz - Before the annual 91st Academy Awards takes place on February 24, actors nominated at the event gathered for the annual Luncheon on Monday, February 4 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Among those who attended the event were Lady GaGa, Bradley Cooper, Spike Lee and Rami Malek.
Academy president John Bailey kicked things off by delivering a speech about various topics, including the diversity of this year's nominee. He noted that this year had the largest number of female nominees to date.
"Gender party is an industry matter, not just an Academy matter," he said. "In front of and behind the camera, inclusion, diversity, racial, ethnic and gender equality are not just buzzwords. They get to the heart of what our Academy is doing, out ongoing intiative that by 2020, all 17 branches are dedicated to a truer representation of who we are in movie scripts, casts and in our shooting a post-production sets."
One thing that he didn't address during his speech was the fact that there's no host for the upcoming event.
On the other hand, Donna Gigliotti, who is producing this year's Oscars, warned the potential winners that they would have 90 seconds once their name is called to make it to the stage and complete an acceptance speech. The Academy vowed the show would not run longer than three hours.
Elsewhere in the room, GaGa proposed a toast to her table mates that included Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and "BlacKkKlansman" composer Terence Blanchard. She also took a selfie with fellow nominee Richard E. Grant. Meanwhile, her "A Star Is Born" co-star Cooper was spotted having an excited, impromptu meeting with Lee in a corner of the ballroom. Their conversation was full of laughter and gesticulations.
See pictures from the red carpet portion of the event below.
Rocking a floor-length white gown and platinum blonde waves, Lady GaGa was said to be surrounded by crowd as she sat alongside Feige at the Luncheon.
Rachel Weisz arrived in a pink blush floor-length dress which was adorned with a blush pink ribbon.
Regina King opted for a pink blush gown which flared at the waist and features a strap and bow across the chest.
Amy Adams wore a plunging green dress by Oscar De La Ronta and opted for simple makeup and accessories.
Looking elegant in a gray suit and waistcoat with a white shirt, Bradley Cooper flashed a smile on the red carpet.
It's said that Rami Malek was unable to walk a foot without being stopped and congratulated for his achievement through "Bohemian Rhapsody".
Unlike other male attendees, Spike Lee went casual in a black leather jacket over a blue T-shirt which he teamed with blue pants and a black hat.
Mahershala Ali wore a brown suit paired with a white shirt and a tie when attending the event.