This year’s crop of Oscar hopefuls talked about the thrill of getting a nomination and the rigors of awards season when they gathered for lunch at the Beverly Hilton Hotel yesterday. “I spent so much time on this film naked,” Rooney Mara said of stripping down to play the lead role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. “Between the piercings and the tattoos and the make-up and the hair and my body being a little smaller—it always felt like I was in costume.” Read more of the best celebrity quotes from the 2012 of Academy Award nominees luncheon in the gallery. Then, tune into ABC on Sunday, February 26th at 7e/4p to see who takes home the trophies, and make sure to check back to InStyle.com for all of your pre-show and night-of red carpet updates.

— Bronwyn Barnes, with reporting by Lindzi Scharf