Director Greta Gerwig and the protagonists of his film ‘Barbie‘, Margot Robbie and Ryan Goslingwere the great stars of the Oscar lunch which brings together all the nominees one month prior to the awards ceremony. Despite the controversies that have existed on social networks about the alleged slights that the Hollywood Academy had by not nominating Gerwig and Robbie in the categories of best director and actress, respectively, Both were well received by their colleagues at the meeting in the one where the generational photo of the nominees of each edition is taken.

Since her arrival at the main hall of the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills (California, USA), Gerwig could not take a step without first being intercepted by some member of the industry or guest who came to congratulate her, make a comment on her work or to ask for a ‘selfie’. “I’m very happy, this is very exciting and I am enjoying everything. This is something that never gets old,” the director of ‘Barbie’ told EFE.

The same thing happened with Gosling, who was responsible for having one of the busiest tables at lunch by attracting personalities like Carey Mulligan or Emily Blunt. However, the most exciting moment was his reunion with Emma Stone, her former castmate in the film ‘La La Land’, which earned them both an Oscar nomination in the categories of actor and leading actress in 2017.

Actress Emma Stone poses during the annual Oscar luncheon

For her part, Robbie, the ‘flesh and blood’ barbie, was also one of the most sought-after at the event and one of the best dressed, wearing a classic pink Chanel suit, very consistent with the outfits she wore during the promotion of the film about the Mattel doll. “Being here is very exciting,” Robbie told EFE, who announced that this Monday she would have the first dress fitting for the ceremony that will take place on March 10. Without a doubt, another great star of the event was Snoop, the border collie from ‘Anatomy of a Fall’, who stole the actress’s heart America Ferrera, who did not miss the opportunity to take a photo or Gosling himself who approached the canine to meet him.

From Bayona to Christopher Nolan

The president of the Academy, Janet Yangcongratulated those present for the “higher order privilege” what it means to be nominated for awards and reminded them that they have to prepare specific thank-you speeches. “Please keep your speeches short, you have 45 seconds (…) Speak from the heart and be authentic,” said the president. Yang used as a resource a video of the speech that the Spanish Javier Bardem gave in 2008 when he won the Oscar for his work in ‘No Country for Old Men’ to exemplify what a “good speech” is and to prove that 45 seconds are more than enough.

But the Spanish representation was not limited to that video, as the directors were also present. Pablo Berger, nominated in the category of best animated film for ‘Robot Dreams’, and Juan Antonio Bayona, who competes in the best international film section for ‘The Snow Society’. The latter was accompanied by his protagonist, the Uruguayan actor Enzo Vogrincic: “I never imagined I would be here, I am very excited“, the 30-year-old actor who plays Numa Turcatti in the film about the Andes tragedy told EFE.

Actress Lily Gladstone at the Oscars luncheon

There was no shortage of applause at any time, but once they began to call the actors to the stands for the generational photo, some personalities received more encouragement than others, as was the case with Lily Gladstonethe singer Jon Batiste, the veteran director Steven Spielberg or the actor Paul Giamatti.

However, the moment was petrified by the director’s handshake. Christopher Nolan -the big favorite of the awards season whose film ‘Oppenheimer’ leads this edition of the Oscars- gave his strong contender Martin Scorsese. The winners of the 96th Oscars will be announced on March 10 in a televised ceremony that will take place from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Christopher Nolan with Emma Thomas at the Oscars luncheon