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Though she’s new to the Oscars, Spencer has old friends herself among the field. She and fellow supporting-actress nominee Melissa McCarthy, a rare contender in a mainstream comedy for “Bridesmaids,” have been pals for years.

McCarthy said the whirlwind of her Oscar success has made her reflect on her early career, struggling to land a TV commercial or two a year so she would not have to go back to waiting tables.

“It’s been a pretty amazing, surreal year,” McCarthy said. “I keep pinching myself, and I really hope I don’t get the call where someone says, `Kidding, kidding.’”

The menu for Hollywood’s most-exclusive lunch included chopped vegetable salad; hors d’ouevres featuring Indochina spiced beef and roasted Asian barbecue duck; a main course of Atlantic salmon; and sorbet with mango sauce and berries for dessert.

Nominees also posed for a group photograph.

The next time the 2011 nominees will gather is on Oscar night Feb. 26. The 84th annual awards show will be televised live on ABC from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre.

Brian Grazer, a producer of the broadcast, told the luncheon crowd that the Kodak will be redesigned to look like “a timeless movie theater.”


AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen contributed to this report.