BEVERLY HILLS ( — For best actress contender Julianne Moore, the Oscar nominee luncheon feels more like a massive press junket where everyone is in the same movie than an actual competition.

KNX 1070’s Margaret Carrero reports the annual event, held Monday at the Beverly Hilton, brings together over 150 nominees to celebrate the honor before the golden statuettes are actually handed out at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 22.:

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Best Actor nominees Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”) and Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper”) were among those on hand for the luncheon. Also in attendance were Michael Keaton, Reese Witherspoon, Eddie Redmayne, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Carell and many others.

Redmayne spoke about a recent encounter with an airport security official following his win last month at the Golden Globes.

“She’s like, ‘I think it’s an award or something’, and I was praying that they would make me open it up and they did,” said Redmayne.

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“Birdman” starring Michael Keaton is tied with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” with nine total nominations each and are considered among the Best Picture frontrunners along with “Boyhood” from director Richard Linklater.

While much of the backstage chatter remained light and joyful, “American Sniper” nominee Bradley Cooper took a moment to reflect on the politically polarizing movie and the fact that his character, Chris Kyle, was killed exactly two years ago today.

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