The Oscars are approaching, which means the star-studded events leading up to the March 4 awards are shifting into high gear.
On Monday, bold-faced names descended on the Beverly Hilton for the Oscar nominees luncheon, where everyone from Jordan Peele to Meryl Streep to Christopher Nolan broke bread, posed for photos, and were regaled by actor-comedian Patton Oswalt about keeping their speeches short (if they win) and not overdoing the faux surprise.
All the nominees introduced got applause, but some of the biggest cheers were reserved for cinematographer Rachel Morrison,according to Deadline.com. Morrison, nominated for her work on the Dee Rees-directed film “Mudbound,” is the first woman ever nominated in the best cinematography category. (This is the 90th Academy Awards celebration, for those keeping track.)
The 39-year-old Morrison, who grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Concord Academy in 1996, will have more of her work in theaters soon. She’s the cinematographer on the much-anticipated Marvel film “Black Panther,” out Feb. 16 and starring Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown, Daniel Kaluuya, and Martin Freeman.
The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, is logging massive advance ticket sales. Industry analysts predict “Black Panther” could top $150 million on its opening weekend alone, according to Variety.Hayley Kaufman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.