See the Oscar Class Photo of 2018

Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Courtesy of Vanity Fair

If you look very closely at the group photo of the 2018 Oscar nominees, you will notice something very odd indeed: one of the people is, in fact, a cardboard cut-out.

Margot and Allison are both nominated for their work in the film I, Tonya.

Academy Awards contenders are getting together for lunch while they're all still winners. Others who were audibly popular with those in the room include Gerwig, Janney, del Toro, Streep, Spielberg, Dafoe, best actress nominees Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) and Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), best actor nominee Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), best director nominees Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), best supporting actor nominee Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and best adapted screenplay nominee Dee Rees (Mudbound).

The meal ends with the traditional "class photo", during which each nominee's name is called and they stand shoulder-to-shoulder on risers.

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"I don't know what's going on!" the 39-year-old said, practically giggling. JR, the French artist who co-directed the film with Varda, arrived at the luncheon carrying three life-sized cardboard cutouts of her, because, he said, the 89-year-old nominee, this year's oldest, was too exhausted to travel.

He said the academy reinventing itself in "this era of greater awareness and responsibility in balancing gender, race, ethnicity and religion". "They have spared every expense bringing me here".

Jimmy Kimmel will host the 90th annual Academy Awards, which take place on March 4.

Oscar telecast producers Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd delegated the task of delivering advice on speech-giving to actor-comedian Patton Oswalt, who emphasized the need for brevity, and heartfelt remarks, and advised on a particular consideration in the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp. "Just cover for yourself, all right?" he said. "You don't want to have to explain to your grandkids why you thanked someone who Dateline just did a four-part series on".

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