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In pictures: Oscar hopefuls gather for Academy Award nominees luncheon

Bradley Cooper, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence and Ben Affleck were out in force for the event

More than 160 Oscar contenders gathered for the annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Hollywood on Monday, which traditionally ends with a “class photo”.

This year, guests arriving for the event at the Beverly Hilton hotel were greeted by protesters from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, who claim Best Picture nominee Zero Dark Thirty is “inaccurate” in its “implication that the use of torture produced critical intelligence” in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Ben Affleck, left, director and star of Argo, told reporters on the red carpet of his respect for his fellow nominees. “I’d love to work with David O’Russell; I’d love to work with Steven Spielberg; I’d love to work with Ang Lee; I would love to work with Kathryn Bigelow,” he said. “I don’t know what it says about me that I haven’t worked with these people as an actor...”

Asked about her Oscar outfit, Jessica Chastain, far right, star of Zero Dark Thirty, said she planned to emulate the glamour of old Hollywood at the ceremony on 24 February. “Most little girls dream about their wedding dresses,” she said, “but I always dreamt about my Oscar dress.”

Meanwhile, the Hollywood flu claimed at least one more victim: Quentin Tarantino was reportedly unable to attend the luncheon, after he came down with the bug.

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And the nominees are:

Front row, from left: Sam Fell, Rich Moore, Dan Hennah, Seamus MacGarvey, Sari Gilman, Paco Delgado, Jackie Weaver, Donna Gigliotti, Ethan Van der Ryn, Pilar Savone, Quvenzhané Wallis, Bradley Cooper, Naomi Watts, Joanna Johnston, Paul N J Ottoson, Janusz Kaminski, David Womark, Jedd Wider, Karen Baker Landers, Malik Bendjelloul, David O Russell

Second row: Gil Netter, Michael Kahn, David Gopman, Ronald Judkins, Philip Brennan, Chris Butler, David Clayton, Debra Hayward, Tim Squyres, Brenda Chapman, J Ralph, D M Hemphill, PES, Guillaume Rocheron, Jon Alpert, Ron Bartlett, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, Jim Erickson, Sam French, Michael Dawson 

Third row: Nikolaj Arcel, Megan Ellison, Claudio Miranda, Scott Millan, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Tammi Lane, Sean Fine, Rick Carter, Dan Janvey, Erik Aadahl, Dan Sudick, Andy Nelson, Hugh Jackman, Jessica Chastain, Roman Coppola, Drew Kunin, Robin Honan, Mino Jarjoura, David Silverman, Tom Van Avermaet, Mychael Danna, Mark Paterson, David Magee, Reginald Hudlin, Helen Hunt, Steven Spielberg.

Fourth row: Joachim Rønning, Howard Gertler, Walter Murphy, Yan England, Eric Saindon, Ariel Nasr, Martin Hill, Andrea Nix Fine, Ellen De Waele, Benh Zeitlin, Jeff White, Josh Penn, David France, Mark Boal, Espen Sandberg, Timothy Reckart, Richard Stammers, John Kahrs, Wylie Stateman, Cori Shepherd Stern, Mink Yu Lee, Matthew O’Neil, Janek Sirrs, Philip Stockton, Alexandre Desplat, Krispin Struthers, Kathryn Bigelow, Robert De Niro.

Fifth row: Peter Montagna, Eugene Gearty, John Reitz, Dylan Tichenor, Eric Fellner, Jonathan Gordon, Kirby Dicky, Tim Burton, Amy Adams, Per Halberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Sally Field, Lucy Alibar, Eve Stewart, Guy Williams, Anne Hanthaway, Neil Corbould, Mark Andrews, Michael Gottwald, Shawn Christensen, Donald Elliot, Jose Antonio Garcia, Ra Vincent, Brian Buckley, Guy Davidi, Kief Davidson, Katie Spencer, R. Christopher White, Kin Nguyen, Martin Samuel.

Back row: Erik-Jan De Boer, Droh Moreh, Tony Kushner, William Goldenberg, Bill Westenhofer, George Stevens Jr., Stacey Sher, Sarah Greenwood, Ben Affleck, John Gatins, Howard Berger, Colleen Atwood, Denzel Washington, Kathleen Kennedy, Jay Cassidy, Ang Lee, Thomas Newman, Jennifer Lawrence, Cynthia Wade, Alain Boublil, Jeffery Katzenberg, Joe Letteri, Bruce Cohen, Christoph Waltz, Amy Zeiring, Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Needham, Greg P. Russell, Emand Burnat, Gregg Rudloff, Simon Bright.