Kobe Bryant, bottom row left, attends the 90th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
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The Oscar nominees luncheon brings together A-listers and rising stars – artists from every aspect of filmmaking – for an afternoon of celebration and mutual fandom. With little on the agenda other than posing for a group photo, Monday's gathering was a chance for nominees to bask together in their exalted status before the Academy Awards are presented on March 4 .Bryant wore a permanent grin and posed for photos with anyone who asked.The event includes some pointers about giving good speeches and also a chance for nominees to reflect on their place in this Oscars season.STILL STINGSReturning Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel has been poking fun at last year's best picture mix-up in promotional spots for this year's Oscars, but it's not a laughing matter for some."La La Land" was mistakenly announced as the best picture winner at last year's Oscars before the error was caught and "Moonlight" was named the winner of the evening's top prize.Apatow poked fun during Saturday's ceremony at del Toro's director's photo, quipping that it was like an eHarmony profile picture.
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