Despite restrictions, celebs are still trying to win an Oscar by buying Academy members fancy meals

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Some are hoping the way to Oscar voters’ hearts is through their stomachs.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences modified its rules in June to deter voting members from being influenced by free food, even going so far as to note that “Members who fail to comply with this regulation will be subject to a one-year suspension of membership for first-time violations and expulsion for subsequent violations, as well as all other available remedies.”

Apparently, that threat does not seem to have been that effective; all over the city, award-hungry celebs have been spotted at high-end eateries, schmoozing with members of the academy. Helen Mirren (“Eye in the Sky”) was spotted at Le Bernadin, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga (“Loving”) were chowing down at “21” , Warren Beatty and Lily Collins (“Rules Don’t Apply”) were seen at Lincoln, while Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic”) was spied wining and dining at the Explorers Club.

And the tactic seems to be working because who doesn’t like free food? As proof, an Academy member dishes to Page Six’s Richard Johnson that “There’s a whole crew who goes to all these things because they love free food. The academy is very concerned about the extravagance of the events. The extravagance is the key factor.” [NYP]