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Tom Cruise Made the Rounds This Week, but Other Oscar Nominees Got More Applause Than ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

The Oscar nominees lunch provided several indicators about which films are most popular with the Academy at this late stage of the season.

Actors Austin Butler (L) and Tom Cruise arrive at the 95th Annual Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton on February 13, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

Tom Cruise took a lot of selfies at the Oscar nominees luncheon this week, but he wasn’t the only star of the show.

As the annual gathering at the Beverly Hilton culminated with a class photo, with nominees called up one at a time, the volume of applause varied for a wide range of movies. And while Cruise was certainly appreciated, many other contenders received more applause. IndieWire’s own Marcus Jones was in the room and reported on what he saw at the event.

In this episode of Screen Talk, he joins Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson to share some takeaways about which movies and performers seemed to get the loudest reception. As he reported earlier this week, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” was the undisputed most popular group in the room, but there were more surprises to be found with other categories.

The trio also discuss the three short film categories, sharing their favorites among the nominees and which ones stand the best shot at wins. (Pay attention here if you want to win your Oscar pool!) Finally, Jones and Thompson share some of their experiences from a busy weekend of Oscar events at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 

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