Academy Award nominees turned up at the Beverly Hilton on Monday afternoon to celebrate their accomplishments at an annual luncheon. But despite the impressive roster, focus remained on the 40 nominees who weren't in the room -- including Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director of "The Salesman," who said last week he would not attend the Oscars in the wake of President Trump's executive order banning travel from seven majority Muslim countries. Actor Denzel Washington, looks for direction to the platform as they prepare for the class picture of all the nominees during the Academy Awards annual nominees luncheon for the 89th Oscars at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Lobby selfie: Nicole Kidman stops for photos with fans after the Nominees Luncheon for the 89th Oscars at the Beverly Hilton. Light moment: Michelle Williams as a nominee for best supporting actress laughs with Justin Paul and Benj Hasek, right, nominees for Music Original song in'La La Land' at the Academy Awards nominees luncheon for the 89th Oscars at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday withdrew five Jan. 6 investigative committee nominees after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of his chosen members. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana from the panel that will conduct investigations on the violent Capitol riot. The two nominees were known for adamantly defending former President Donald Trump. "With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee," Pelosi said in a statement. Pelosi did approve of the appointments of Reps.
President speaks with reporters about pandemic and his pending Supreme Court decision. President Trump told supporters in Pennsylvania to "watch the abuse" his nominee for the Supreme Court would take after he released her name on Saturday. Speaking at the Pittsburgh Airport in Moon Township, Pa., Trump confirmed he would release the name of his pick to fill the seat vacated following the death of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday at 5 p.m. "Watch the abuse she will take, whoever it's going to be," he said. Trump added that he'd had "tremendous Republican support" for his potential nominee despite Democratic cries to leave the seat open until after the election. He thanked Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, for expressing support in moving forward with a Trump nominee to the court, noting that Romney had voted to impeach the president on one of two counts.