As the cliché goes, it's an honor just to be nominated for an Oscar. Well, actually, it's more than just an honor. You also get a certificate. And a pear-Gorgonzola salad.

Monday was the annual Oscar nominees' luncheon at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, a chance for all this year's nominees to mingle and relax and pretend for a couple hours they're not secretly rooting for their rivals to lose. 121 nominees showed for the event yesterday and participated in such annual Oscar luncheon traditions as the class photo (the Los Angeles Times has a good 360-degree panoramic version of this) and the yearly plea from the telecast producers to keep those acceptance speeches under 45 seconds.

The luncheon also provided reporters in attendance with a steady stream of celebrity quotes from the nominees, as well as news from Oscar show producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic about what changes to expect during this year's broadcast -- all of which you can read about below.
categories Movies, Oscars, Awards