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Academy luncheon is time for reflection in high stakes year

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Actress Alicia Vikander attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards nominee luncheon on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (AFP Photo)

Alicia Vikander, nominated for her supporting performance in "The Danish Girl," was one appreciating the moment.

She saw her co-star Eddie Redmayne (also a nominee) go through the process last year during filming when he was nominated, and won, for "The Theory of Everything."

"He said try and enjoy it because it is very wonderful," Vikander said. Isaacs also tried to steer the focus back to the nominees at large inside the room.

"This year, we all know there's an elephant in the room. I've asked the elephant to leave," said Isaacs in her opening remarks.

"Today is all about your incredible work." The annual event brings together over 150 nominees to celebrate the honor before the golden statuettes are actually handed out at the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 28.

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