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Mo'Nique to be among no-shows at Oscars nominees luncheon

February 12, 2010 |  1:27 pm

Oscar_statues_061908Oscars nominees will gather together for the annual academy luncheon Monday and 14 of the 20 acting nominees will be among the more than 120 attendees. Just how important is this breaking of bread while the Oscars ballots are still being cast?

Meryl Streep ("Julie & Julia") has arranged her travel schedule to be at the festivities at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The New York-based actress skipped the luncheon last year when she was a nominee for "Doubt" and three years ago when she contended for "The Devil Wears Prada" -- she lost both those races. Indeed, all of the best actress contenders but Helen Mirren ("The Last Station") -- who won this award three years ago for "The Queen" -- will be there as will all five of the best actor nominees.

However, supporting actress frontrunner Mo'Nique ("Precious") has sent in her regrets. With her talk show based in Atlanta, Mo'Nique has had to pick and choose which West Coast events to attend. Also MIA will be last year's supporting actress Oscar winner Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Christina Barcelona"), who contends again in this category for "Nine."

Just two of the five supporting actor nominees will be there -- Woody Harrelson ("The Last Messenger") and Christoph Waltz ("Inglorious Basterds"). Missing will be Matt Damon ("Invictus"), Christopher Plummer ("The Last Station") and Stanley Tucci ("The Lovely Bones").

All five directing nominees -- Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), James Cameron ("Avatar"), Lee Daniels ("Precious"), Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglorious Basterds") -- are scheduled to attend, as are many of the Academy Award nominees in the other 19 races.

Look for the historic group photo here Monday afternoon.

Photo: Academy Award statuettes Credit: AMPAS

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IT IS A LUNCHEON. Mo'Nique obviously does not kiss *ss! The woman has a full-time job and a staff to run. Like Mo'Nique said in an interview....she performed her role, let her be judge from her performance. She is not on the Oscar's payroll. Regardless if she wins or loses...her stock value has risen. Lastly, I hate to throw the race card into play, but it is funny how some people is making a big deal out of this African American actor no shows, but does not comment on the Caucasian actors who does not show up to every event. PEOPLE GET A LIFE and QUIT GOSSIPING! OH, I would love to see the people who have full-time jobs put traveling, luncheons, parties, and attending event before putting bread and bacon on the table for their families.

The vitriol leveled at Mo'Nique for failing to show up to some of these events is crazy. Frankly, I think far too much has been made of her absences. As much as people complain about people campaigning for Oscars, it seems as if people get upset still when you do not. I honestly do not think Mo'Nique is being disrespectful or unappreciative in any way. She has a major commitment, a day job to think about. Her absence means the show does not go on, which means the large number of people who work behind the scenes don't get paid. That's pretty honorable to me. Further, as Dan W. mentioned, you do realize the other stars failed to show up for the luncheon as well. Why the tremendous focus on Mo'Nique?

What do you guys have against Monique? From that headline, you would think she was the only nominee not available. Is some pr representative of one of the other nominees in your staff?

What gives? Is monique reverting back to her old behavior? If I were nominated, I wouldn't miss the luncheon for the world, there are only a select few who can go and I'm shocked that it seems like a majority won't be there. Maybe monique is not a shoo-in to win, if only there was another person who pulled in a better performance -- if only Diane Kruger had been nominated for Inglorious Basterds.

Go Tarantino, you deserve best director.

Will Maggie Gyllenhaal be there?


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