Credit: Ledger & Williams: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

It’s nice to see the Oscar nominees (like Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams, pictured) get one day on their calendar to relax and not worry about losing or about dressing well. That day is the annual nominees’ luncheon, held yesterday at the Beverly Hilton. In what could be a sneak preview of the actual show, George Clooney made the obligatory Dick Cheney hunting joke, and Oscar telecast producer Gil Cates offered his annual plea to the nominees to keep the speeches short. He also offered a new plan to move the nominees in technical categories down from the nosebleed seats to the front rows before their categories are called, so that they don’t kill time on the long journey to the stage or have to accept their trophies in the back of the theater, like they did last year. Anything that keeps the show shorter and livelier is good; how about letting the nominees do what they did yesterday: eat and drink all afternoon?

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