Oscars 2015: British hopefuls Eddie Redmayne and Rosamund Pike attend Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon

Benedict Cumberbatch did not make an appearance in Hollywood

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Eddie Redmayne, Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones were among the British hopefuls celebrating their Oscar nominations at the annual Academy Awards luncheon in Hollywood today.

The star-studded event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel  brought together 150 nominees from all categories ahead of the live ceremony on 22 February.

Oscars nominations in full

One notable absentee was Benedict Cumberbatch, who is nominated for Best Actor for his role as persecuted codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. It remains unclear why Cumberbatch was missing from the 2015 "class photo" but filming on a certain BBC detective drama may have something to do with it...

 

Redmayne is one of the favourites after winning the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Both him and Cumberbatch will be vying with Birdman star Michael Keaton, Foxcatcher actor Steve Carell, and third-time nominee Bradley Cooper, who plays Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in American Sniper.

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The Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones

Jones, who play's Hawking's first wife Jane Wilde in the film, is up for Best Actress, alongside Pike for her chilling turn as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl. They are joined by Still Alice star Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon for her performance in Wild and French actress Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night.

All nominees were reminded to keep their acceptance speeches short (no more than 45 seconds), with Academy Awards producer Neil Meron asking for "personal, funny and heartfelt" words. "No lists!" he said, according to the BBC.

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