The 7 Most Tweetable Quotes from the Oscars Nominees Luncheon

This year’s contenders have a lot on their minds

The 2016 class of Oscar nominees rolled up to the Beverly Hilton on February 8 for the awards show’s annual pre-ceremony luncheon. There were a few notable faces missing from the interview room (apparently Leo doesn’t want an Oscar that badly), but potential winners who stopped by had a lot to say. The best from the morning:

Sylvester Stallone on Creed and #OscarsStillSoWhite:
“I spoke with Ryan Coogler when this happened…I said, ‘If you want me to go, I’ll go. If you don’t, I won’t.’ And he goes, ‘No, I want you to go…and stand up for the film.’ That’s the kind of guy he is.”

Room’s Brie Larson on What She’ll be Wearing to the Oscars:
“Oh. That’s what you want to ask…?”

Eddie Redmayne on Bringing Transgender Issues to Light in The Danish Girl:
“I would never assume that the film would have any sort of huge effect, but I hope that what we were doing is continuing the conversation….what’s dumfounding is, it’s been almost 100 years since Lili and Gerda’s story. Everyone’s going, ‘The change is happening,’ but what’s staggering to me is how long it’s taken and how much of a distance there is to go.”

Rachel McAdams on Being the Lone Woman in the Spotlight “Boys Club”:
“It was a good group of boys. I felt like I was around not only great actors but really good people. So it felt like we were all there for the right reasons, regardless of boys or girls.”

Director Adam McKay on Screening The Big Short for Congress:
“Congress is a very tricky body. This is not a right/left issue. This is about the homeless—about us losing our homes, our jobs—that’s what we’re trying to emphasize: your constituents, whether Republican or Democrat, could lose everything because of this.”

Mad Max: Fury Road Director George Miller on Whether or Not the Film was at All Inspired by Burning Man:
“No, because I didn’t know of Burning Man, but I can see there’s kindred aesthetics and spirits there. They also have a thing called Wasteland Weekend, where it’s a sort of a Mad Max version of Burning Man. When I get the time, I’m going to go to both.”

Carol’s Rooney Mara on Diversity in Hollywood:
“I think it’s a conversation we should all be having. I read this piece where they were talking about Carol, and they were saying there should be a hashtag #OscarsSoStraight.”