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British hopefuls Redmayne, Jones and Pike attend Oscars lunch

Eddie Redmayne is nominated for Best Actor for The Theory of Everything. Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

British Oscar hopefuls Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike celebrated their nominations at a star-studded lunch held ahead of the 87th Academy Awards.

The annual Oscar nominee luncheon brings together contenders from all categories for a "class photo" before the live Oscar broadcast on February 22.

The 'class picture' of the 87th Academy Award nominees. Credit: RTV

Eddie Redmayne, who is up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, has already collected a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe for his performance.

Redmayne told a story that elicited chuckles from the audience about the time a bag containing his Golden Globe went through airport security.

I had the most wonderful experience after the Golden Globes of taking the Golden Globe in my hand luggage through the X-ray machine.

I did that thing where I went through and saw the bag going through and I saw the woman stop the thing and then go close up on this weird shaped thing and say, 'I think it's an award or something.'

And I was praying they would make me open it up - and they did!

– Eddie Redmayne

Notably absent from the festivities was Benedict Cumberbatch, also a Best Actor nominee for his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

The two English actors will compete with Birdman star Michael Keaton, Foxcatcher actor Steve Carrell and third-time nominee Bradley Cooper, who plays Navy Seal Chris Kyle in American Sniper.

Redmayne's co-star Felicity Jones, who plays Jane Hawking in the film, is nominated for Best Actress, but said at the event that the journey to the Oscars had overwhelmed her at times.

Jones will compete with fellow British actress Rosamund Pike for the prize. Pike is nominated for her turn as Amy Dunne in the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's hit novel Gone Girl.

Rosamund Pike, Best Actress nominee for Gone Girl. Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The British pair are joined in the best actress category by Still Alice star Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon for her performance as Cheryl Strayed in Wild and Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night.

The Academy Awards will be presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 22.