Who had the best ensemble at the 2023 Oscar nominee luncheon?

Here are some photos from Monday’s Oscar nominee luncheon, always one of the highlights of the awards season. The vibes were good, judging from the photos and the tweets from the entertainment journalists. Tom Cruise was there as producer of Top Gun: Maverick, and he was the surprise hit of the luncheon – everyone wanted to take photos with him, and he wanted to talk to everyone, especially the Everything Everywhere team and Steven Spielberg. Ana de Armas wasn’t there, neither was Andrea Riseborough. They’re both working on various productions, maybe they couldn’t get the time off. Barry Keoghan also skipped.

Some fashion notes: Angela Bassett’s striped suit is Moschino; Cate Blanchett’s ensemble is Lanvin, Michelle Yeoh wore Chanel, Hong Chau (pictured with Brendan Fraser) wore Dries Van Noten, Stephanie Hsu wore Thom Browne and Michelle Williams wore a Self-Portrait denim look. There’s no real dress code for the luncheon, as you can tell. Some people turn up in cocktail dresses, some people turn up in jeans.

The menu for the luncheon was pretty simple: the first course was a fancy salad, the second course was “king oyster mushroom scallops, wild mushroom risotto, roasted Brussels sprouts, baby carrots and pea tendrils.” Dessert was opera cake, ganache and berries.

At the luncheon, AMPAS president Janet Yang addressed last year’s controversy, the Slap – Yang said that the Academy’s response was inadequate and “We learned from this that the Academy must be fully transparent and accountable in our actions, and particularly in times of crisis we must act swiftly, compassionately and decisively for ourselves and for our industry. You should and can expect no less from us going forward.” Yeah – the Academy’s response was utter dogsh-t and I doubt much has changed. Yang also gave the nominees a lecture about not going over their 45-second time limit for speeches.

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Southern Fried says:

    Michelle Yeoh in Chanel easily for the win. Hong Chau’s dress was interesting, better if the black part was ripped off.

    • SquiddusMaximus says:

      I second this. Holy guac, that is a divine suit, and she is a queen. I hate the color of Cate’s suit, but my god if she can’t pull it off. She’s a solid 2nd. I love that these ‘older’ women are leaning hard into their power, looking beautiful, and owning the whole platform.

    • SarahLee says:

      100% She looks amazing.

  2. Ameerah M says:

    They also served Brad Pitt’s champagne at the luncheon. Someone posted a pic of the menu. So disgusting. Besides that I don’t hate anything anyone wore. I like getting to see a little variation/personal style on display.

  3. Lightpurple says:

    Those 3 suits on Angela, Cate, and Michelle are all fabulous!

  4. Nanny to the Rescue says:

    I liked all except Stephanie Hsu and Michelle Williams.

    With Hsu’s dress I’d prefer something else than a blouse with a bow-tie and that white lacy bit falling out from under the short dress… It looks too busy, the whole thing, and the blouse doesn’t seem to fit well.

    Williams is just tragic all over.

  5. Noki says:

    Stripes over kill on Angela. She could have gone without the jacket or had a white blouse instead.

  6. Hannah says:

    Michelle Yeoh 🖤🤍🖤 I love that outfit! She looks amazing

    Michelle Williams *could* have looked cute – that style is on brand for her, but the big gold buttons are giving me the ick. Cute shoes tho

    Cate Blanchett nice suit but black shoes a bit harsh and the colour a bit too much baby poop for her fair colouring. Also did she really need long coat over a suit 🤷🏻‍♀️

    Angela Bassett looks stunning. Love her playfulness. She looks like she is having fun with fashion and I’m totally here for it. I wish I could pull a ‘fit off with that kind of pizzazz

  7. Lolo86lf says:

    I think all of them look cute in their outfits but the lady in the palazzo pants looks effortless chic. The dishes they served at the luncheon sound delicious.

  8. TQ says:

    Love Michelle Yeoh so much. And Colin Farrell looks like a snack!

  9. Julie says:

    I have the strangest negative reaction to Michelle Williams. Nothing to do with Heath or her acting career. The smug expression? It’s completely irrational on my part and deeply disturbing.

    • Susan says:

      I agree. I never could like her also, even when she did good work. Maybe she gives off insincere vibes? I was recently on the houseinhabit sub stack and apparently there might be some reasons not to be a fan of hers. (If you choose to believe the gossip.)

  10. TIFFANY says:

    Why doesn’t Michelle have a design house contract when she out here putting respect on the clothing. Huh.

  11. Lucy2 says:

    Cate and Michelle’s are my favorite looks.

  12. BW says:

    Is Colin Farrell trying to smuggle things in his pants?

    “I dress left. WAY left.”

  13. HeyKay says:

    Colin Farrell looks good. That is a good looking man, he is wearing that suit!
    But, I noticed how dark black his hair color is and I think he and a lot of the Hollywood men could let a bit of grey or shading into their hair. Looks harsh and ages them.

    Cruise was the main event in coverage on other sites.
    Jamie Lee Curtis has Cruise grabbed by his face with an intense look of joy on her face, that really threw me. Since when is she so enamored of him?
    Cruise came in from England shooting MI, he has long scruffy dyed brown hair that looks terrible on him.
    Btw, as awful as Cruise is for CoS, at least when he is producer on a film no one is shot/killed i.e. Baldwin.

    I don’t plan to watch any of the Oscars.
    Colin Farrell needs to make a movie that does not bring The Sad. We need some light entertainment

  14. TIFFANY says:

    I’m not shocked about Tom. He is noting but a professional when it comes to promotion. He has a gift of making it both about himself and the audience around him. Very few can find that balance and be successful. Will Smith is another one.

  15. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I absolutely love Michelle and Hong’s looks. Can’t put a finger on exactly why I love Hong’s dress, but I’d wear it in a heartbeat.

  16. Green Desert says:

    Brian Tyree Henry and Michelle Yeoh FTW! I also appreciate Angela Bassett’s bold choice. Stephanie Hsu is adorable.

  17. Sara Conway says:

    Jamie Lee Curtis looked AMAZING but no pic here 🤷🏼‍♀️

  18. JessicA says:

    I also don’t like Michelle Williams. My reasons are more about her messy personal life and the overlap of her relationships. That being said, she used to come to awards shows looking cute..usually in LV and man, the last couple of years, she isnt even trying anymore and just seems to wear whatever was in the bargain bin.