The takeaway moment from the Oscars this year seems to have been the “selfie” host Ellen Degeneres orchestrated and Bradley Cooper snapped. This is especially true if you, like me, hadn’t seen any of the movies that won or were nominated for awards this season. I mean, sure, I am going to see Gravity Thursday night, but other than that? The awards were lost on me.
No, the big moment was the picture that took place in a Dolby Theater aisle and lured many of Hollywoods biggest names to grab a piece of the action. But who got the biggest bang for their buck in this epic photo op?
Jared Leto, Channing Tatum and Angelina Jolie all got hosed, as they barely got in the frame, couldn’t poke their head far enough over a shoulder, or happened to wave at the least opportune time. Lupita Nyong’o fared slightly better, but only because her bright beautiful smile was entirely in the frame.
Julia Roberts looks like she wasn’t ready for the picture, and given Kevin Spacey’s expression behind her, it seems like he might have goosed her, eliciting the reaction we see captured on Roberts’ face for all eternity. Still, Spacey’s goofy countenance is likely on purpose, which means he came across better than Jennifer Lawrence, who somehow was captured at an unflattering angle. Unflattering for her is still 1000% better than most of humanity, of course.
Poor Meryl Streep, who this picture was originally centered around, was captured in the middle of the picture. I don’t like saying this, but she looks downright grandmotherly, as though she is surrounded by her offspring’s offspring. She’s not really that old, but she looks overwhelmed by the commotion, but ecstatic at what’s happening around her.
Brad Pitt is cracking a half smile that demonstrates that he isn’t quite ready for the picture. Still, he comes across as enviably photogenic. I would hate to see what would happen if he had time to prepare.
Of course, up front, we had Ellen herself with Bradley Cooper. How is Cooper taking the picture, yet still not looking at the camera? That’s mind boggling. Ellen has a great toothy smile and laser like focus on the camera. All those actors around her, and it’s Ellen who takes the best picture.
The best picture of them all, though, went to someone who isn’t an actor. That’s Peter Nyong’o, who Lupita brought to the show as her day. Peter, the brother of the Oscar winning actress, grabbed a place front and center in one of the most widely seen pictures in world history. Obviously, he has some serious facial recognition now, and he obviously has some camera presence, so how long until we have another Nyong’o with an Academy Award?