At the Academy’s annual luncheon on Monday, Tom Cruise hailed as the “last true movie star,” proved his worth as nearly 200 Oscar nominees gathered to celebrate and assess their rivals. Despite the presence of A-listers like Steven Spielberg and Cate Blanchett, Cruise remained the centre of attention, receiving greetings from various Hollywood luminaries.
Cruise, who both starred in and produced “Top Gun: Maverick,” for which he is nominated this year, is a top contender for Hollywood’s most esteemed prize, the best picture Oscar. At the Beverly Hills ballroom, filled with Oscar nominees and Academy voters, Cruise expressed his joy over the movie’s success and his desire to draw crowds to cinemas.
Meanwhile, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, dressed in a Saniya Maskatiya ensemble, attended the event as an executive producer for “Stranger at the Gate,” a short documentary centred on a US Marine veteran’s plan to bomb a mosque in his hometown.
Taking to her Instagram, the noble prize winner expressed her excitement and gratitude for the opportunity. “An amazing day @theacademy Oscars luncheon with the incredible, hard-working team behind @strangeratthegate: director @jseftel, Conall Jones and @smartypantspictures. I am grateful and honoured to be in the room with all of this year’s nominees ???? I haven’t stopped talking about how I met Tom Cruise,” captioned the 25-year-old.