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Jokes, Selfies With Kobe Bryant, at Oscar Nominees Lunch

The Laker legend has been nominated for making the short film "Dear Basketball."

February 05, 2018 - 3:02 pm

 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Film academy president John Bailey has welcomed this year's Oscar nominees to the annual pre-show luncheon, playfully reminding guests to update their profiles on the industry site IMDb.

Bailey says there are 205 members of the 2018 class of Oscar nominees. Most were in attendance at the private luncheon Monday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, including triple nominee Jordan Peele, double nominees Greta Gerwig and Mary J. Blige and retiree Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who was nominated for a short film "Dear Basketball."

Bryant spent much of the meal posing for photos with fans, including James Mangold, who is nominated for his screenplay for "Logan."

The Oscar nominees' luncheon is typically a relaxed affair that allows nominees a chance to mingle and congratulate their colleagues and hear from producers about how to deliver memorable acceptance speeches.