Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Oscars Nominees Luncheon Feb.8, 2016

Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon 2016 with Jennifer Lawrence, Lady Gaga, Leonardo DiCaprio,
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Brie Larson, Matt Damon, Rachel McAdams, Rooney Mara, Eddie Redmayne,
Alicia Vikander, The Weeknd, Saoirse Ronan, Sylvester Stallone, Sam Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason
Leigh, and Steven Spielberg on February 8, 2016. (x)

Eddie Redmayne discussed his expectations for the Oscars after his nomination for Best Actor in 
"The Danish Girl," recent criticism of the lack of diversity at the Oscars and the impact of his work on the
transgender community. Watch his full press conference at the 88th Annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon

He said: “It’s such an extraordinary ride. Last year was like being hit by a bulldozer and it’s such a frenzy of emotions that you try to remain open enough to enjoy it and remember it.” Redmayne will attend the Oscar ceremony with his wife Hannah Bagshawe, who is pregnant with their first child, and he said the pair would try to take it easy beforehand. “You think of it as an evening event but it takes such a long time, I will have a calm day,” he said. “I promise Hannah whenever we come to LA that the sun will be shining, but it rained last year. We will have a gentle day and relax and enjoy it. Last year I was such a frenzy of nerves .” Asked if he would have a glass of champagne, he replied: “Several.” Redmayne also addressed the controversy over the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations when asked if it was something the chosen actors had discussed. He said: “We haven’t all met together until this occasion but it’s on everyone minds and the way it has been handled seems to be a positive step.” (x) via

On the impact of "The Danish Girl" on the transgender community:
"I would never assume that the film would have any sort of huge effect, but I hope that what we were doing is continuing the conversation. It's an extraordinary thing for us that, in the past year or two, trans issues have come into the mainstream media and yet what is dumbfounding is it's almost 100 years since Lili and Gerda's story. Everyone goes, 'It's happening. The change is happening.' But what's staggering to me is how long it's taken and how much of a distance there is to go." (x)

Variety: Oscar Telecast Will Be ‘Most Diverse Ever,’ Says Producer at Luncheon
This year’s Oscar show “will be the most diverse ever,” producer David Hill told Variety on Monday at the Oscar nominees luncheon. Despite the lack of acting nominees of color...
Eddie Redmayne said he hopes “The Danish Girl” continues the conversation about transgender issues. “And yet, what is dumbfounding is that it’s almost 100 years since Lili and Gerda’s story. What’s staggering to me is how long it’s taken and how much of a distance there is to go...

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