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'The Avengers' cast members to present at the Oscars

Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson won't be making the trip

<p>'The Avengers'</p>

'The Avengers'

Credit: Marvel Studios

While "The Avengers" may not be up for any major awards at this year's Oscars, the Academy has still found a way to include some of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Your Academy Awards nominee class of 2013

The gang's almost all here

Your Academy Awards nominee class of 2013

A plethora of famous faces attended the Academy's annual Oscar luncheon this afternoon in Beverly Hills and that means yet another annual "class of" nominees photograph. This year's group shot finds Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis in the center of the image right in front of the Oscar statue (and also right next to best actor nominee Bradley Cooper). Can you find your favorite nominee in the crowd and, more importantly, who's missing?

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Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and more shine at 2013 Oscar nominees luncheon

Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain and Bradley Cooper also hit the red carpet

Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and more shine at 2013 Oscar nominees luncheon
Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

The Beverly Hilton Hotel was awash in A-list stars on Monday afternoon for the official 2013 Oscar nominees luncheon, with first-time nominees including Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Hugh Jackman ("Les Miserables") and 9-year-old "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Quvenzhane Wallis rubbing shoulders with awards-season vets like Robert De Niro ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln") and Amy Adams ("The Master") for a day filled with hobnobbing and perhaps more than a few forced smiles (something "Lincoln" nominee Tommy Lee Jones clearly can't be bothered with).

Check out all the star-studded pics in the gallery below.

The 85th Annual Academy Awards airs on Feb. 24 with host Seth MacFarlane.

 

Sneak Peek: Academy's new collection of golden age B-movie posters

Examples of a future exhibition at AMPAS' planned museum?

Sneak Peek: Academy's new collection of golden age B-movie posters

Earlier this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a major gift of 1,088 of posters from the golden age of Hollywood.  These pieces of art were donated by Dwight Cleveland, a Chicago real estate developer.  According to the Academy, Cleveland has amassed one of the largest and most historically significant collections of movie posters in the world.  His gift includes posters of westerns, war films, musicals, biblical tales, and social problem films.

Contender Countdown: Is 'Argo' 'Driving Miss Daisy' or 'Apollo 13'?

Only three more weeks of voting left

<p>Will &quot;Argo&quot; win best picture without a directing nomination like &quot;Driving Miss Daisy&quot; or will it sweep the guild honors and falter without a directing nod like &quot;Apollo 13&quot;?</p>

Will "Argo" win best picture without a directing nomination like "Driving Miss Daisy" or will it sweep the guild honors and falter without a directing nod like "Apollo 13"?

It's strange times in Oscarland. "Argo's" wins at the PGA Awards and SAG Awards have jolted a best picture race that seemed squarely in "Lincoln's" corner.  Now, are all bets off or is it just a mirage we've seen play games with Academy Awards pundits before?

'Kill Your Darlings' director on the 'fearless' Daniel Radcliffe and Ben Foster's flaming finger

An epic and blunt Q&A with filmmaker John Krokidas

<p>John Krokidas and Daniel Radcliffe at the world premiere of &quot;Kill Your Darlings&quot;&nbsp;at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.</p>

John Krokidas and Daniel Radcliffe at the world premiere of "Kill Your Darlings" at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Credit: AP Photo/Danny Moloshok

PARK CITY - To say the filmmaker sitting in front of me is having a good week is something of an understatement.  John Krokidas and I may share 24 mutual Facebook friends, but I don't know him well enough to gauge if his current euphoric demeanor is his normal disposition or the result of too many energy drinks combined with the thin air of Park City, Utah.  I'll take a wild guess that only an upbeat and energetic person could have spent nine long years endeavoring to shoot his first feature.  I'll also assume having said film, "Kill Your Darlings," debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to strong reviews might be a huge relief. Moreover, having distributor Sony Classics acquire "Darlings" a few days after can't hurt either.  Yes, it's been a great festival for Krokidas.

Danny Boyle's 'Trance' with James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson arriving in April

Heist drama Boyle's follow up to '127 Hours'

<p>The official U.S. poster for Danny Boyle's &quot;Trance.&quot;</p>

The official U.S. poster for Danny Boyle's "Trance."

Credit: Fox Searchlight

If you're expecting this Spring to be lacking in prestige fare, Fox Searchlight made an announcement today which may perk your interest.  Danny Boyle's follow up to 2010's "127 Hours" is heading to theaters.  "Trance," which stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson, will debut in limited release on April 5.  The thriller is currently scheduled to open in Boyle's native U.K. on March 27. 

Best and Worst of the 2013 SAG Awards: Bryan Cranston, 'Argo,''Downton Abbey'

Is it time for SAG to shake-up the show?

Best and Worst of the 2013 SAG Awards: Bryan Cranston, 'Argo,''Downton Abbey'

Remember how everyone used to complain about the Golden Globes? "It's not legit." "It doesn't mean anything for Oscar." "Unless someone gets drunk it's a bore." Well, the first two complaints still hold a lot of merit, but the latter? No way. Ricky Gervais and the combo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the past four telecasts have made the Globes arguably more entertaining than Oscar.  That brings us to Sunday night's 19th Annual SAG Awards.

Remember how the SAG awards were deemed the legitimate acting honors?  Actors voting for actors? An award that meant more because it came from your peers?  A few years of embarrassing Betty White overload and blander TV nominees than the Emmys and the SAG Awards are stuck in a rut. Oh, and we haven't even gotten to the formulaic telecasts.  Did TNT, the show's producers and SAG turn things around Sunday night?  No, no they didn't.  But, there were some diamonds in the rough during the two-hour ordeal.

2013 Sundance Film Festival awards winners - complete list

'Fruitvale' and 'Blood Brother' win the big prizes

<p>Joseph Gordon Levitt hosting the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony.</p>

Joseph Gordon Levitt hosting the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony.

With host Joseph Gordon-Levitt on hand, the 2013 Sundance Film Festival announced the jury and audience awards for this year's festival. "Fruitvale" won both the prestigious U.S. dramatic jury grand prize and U.S dramatic audience award.  "Blood Brother" duplicated that feat in the U.S. documentary category.  Other notable winners included "The Spectacular Now's" Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley winning a special jury prize for acting and honors for "Inequality for All," "Cutie and the Boxer," "Afternoon Delight" and "A River Changes Course."

A complete list of this year's winners below.

Adele to perform Oscar-nominated 'Skyfall' during the 85th Academy Awards telecast

First live performance since birth of her son

<p>Adele celebrating her Golden Globe win for best original song earlier this month.</p>

Adele celebrating her Golden Globe win for best original song earlier this month.

Credit: AP Photo

Screams of joy could be heard from Adeletes around the world this morning after the Academy announced that Grammy-winning superstar Adele would preform during this year's 85th Academy Awards.

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