Class photo with Hülser, Wenders and Catak

Class photo with Hülser, Wenders and Catak

Hardly anyone can miss this lunch in Hollywood: At the traditional Oscar lunch, the nominees meet casually and pose for a group photo. Germans are also there.

This lunch in Hollywood is only for invited guests: Stars such as Steven Spielberg, Margot Robbie, Carey Mulligan, Emma Stone, Lily Gladstone, Ryan Gosling, Robert Downey Jr. appeared at the “Oscar Luncheon”, the traditional reception for the nominees, on Monday. , Cillian Murphy and Bradley Cooper.

The German trophy candidates Sandra Hülser, Wim Wenders and Ilker Catak were also there at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Over 180 filmmakers, including actors, directors, makeup artists, short filmmakers and cameramen, lined up shoulder to shoulder in seven rows for the customary class photo.

Celebrity four-legged friend included

The nominees fortified themselves at lunch with vegan mushroom risotto and fine desserts. Plus the usual advice for the Oscar gala, which is scheduled to take place on March 10th. Future winners are reminded to keep their acceptance speeches short. Speeches are limited to 45 seconds, then the music usually cranks up.

A prominent four-legged friend was also present at the festive lunch. The border collie Messi, who makes a major appearance as “Snoop” in the legal thriller “Anatomy of a Case,” mingled with the nominees. In the film by French director Justine Triet, Hülser plays the mother of a visually impaired boy who comes under suspicion of murder after her husband’s death and has to defend herself in court.

The German actress was asked at the reception by a reporter from the film magazine “Variety” whether she was often asked by people whether her film character was guilty or innocent. Every day she would meet people who would think one way or another, said Hülser. “I think the only innocent creature in the film is the dog,” she added with a smile. The 45-year-old is nominated for best actress.

“Oppenheimer” is an Oscar favorite

Oscar candidate Wim Wenders (78) brought the leading actor Koji Yakusho from his film “Perfect Days,” which was shot in Tokyo. The Düsseldorf director is in the running for best international film for Japan. There he meets, among other things, the German contribution “The Teacher’s Room” by the Berlin director Ilker Catak (40).

With 13 nominations, the film “Oppenheimer” is this year’s Oscar favorite, the grotesque comedy “Poor Things” received eleven nominations, and “Killers of the Flower Moon” has ten chances of winning ahead of “Barbie” with eight.


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