Janet Yang, head of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, praised the 186 filmmakers at the 95th annual Oscars nominees luncheon on Monday while also criticizing how the organization handled the Oscars scandal from the previous year.
At the glamorous ceremony hosted at the Beverly Hilton, celebrities including Tom Cruise, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michelle Yeoh, Austin Butler, Angela Bassett, Steven Spielberg, Michelle Williams, and Brendan Fraser celebrated their Academy Award nominations.
Not all of the events were a love fest. In her address, Yang criticized the “inadequate” response to the iconic Will Smith slap from the previous year and vowed to handle similar situations better.
Tom Cruise Entertains A-list Celebrities At The Oscar Nominees’ Luncheon
The annual luncheon is about Hollywood celebrities schmoozing and greeting each other, but “Top Gun: Maverick” producer and star Cruise brought it to the next level.
Standing on the ballroom stairs with fellow producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Christopher McQuarrie, Cruise spent quality time with fellow nominees, including “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star Bassett, “Elvis” star Butler, “Everything, All at Once” nominees Curtis and Ke Huy Quan, Marlee Matlin, and directors Spielberg and Guillermo del Toro.
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