A Brief History Of Celebs Going To Get Fast Food After Awards Shows
An Angeleno snapped him mid-order (unfortunately we can't hear Ansari's words, but my bet is on a double double animal style with well done fries, because we all know he's a classic man at heart) and busted the actor's cover, unwittingly placing Ansari in the pantheon of celebrities who eat fast food after an awards show. Let us walk these hallowed halls together and look back at the recent history of stars chowing down on burgers and fries.
Celebrating a win with In-N-Out makes sense. But, sometimes, fast food is most appropriate after an awards show gaffe. Aren't food and ambition filling the same spiritual void, anyway? Adele knows. Remember when she had those sound issues during her performance at the 2016 Grammys? It must have sucked to be her on that stage. She knew how to recover, though, and she let the whole world know.
Because of it though... I'm treating myself to an in n out. So maybe it was worth it.— Adele (@Adele) February 16, 2016
Sam Smith is another noted In-N-Out fan (these Brits love a taste of Los Angeles), and he made an appearance after the 2014 American Music Awards.
Justin Timberlake, on the other hand, defied expectations and chose Taco Bell instead of In-N-Out after the 2014 People's Choice Awards, giving the staff photographic proof that they met JT himself.
Drew Barrymore went a little more local with a trip to Mulberry Pizza after the Golden Globes in 2014.
That same year, Kaley Cuoco decided to pre-game the Emmys with McDonald's. It's a much braver move to eat fast food before the awards have even started—what if she got ketchup on her dress??— and we commend her audacity.
But back to In-N-Out! Celebrity couple extraordinaire Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde actually did drive-thru after the Oscars in 2014, so we know they were far more committed to the burgers than to any sort of photo-op.
At last year's Oscars, after winning the award for best actress for The Room, Brie Larson posted an Instagram of her chowing down on a burger from In-N-Out while clutching her Academy Award. Please note the Chuck Taylors as well.
A couple years prior, Ang Lee enjoyed the same meal but in a far more frantic manner. He was fresh off his best directing win for Life of Pi and it looks like the film's anthropomorphized tiger did nothing to dissuade Lee from chowing down on some meat.
Admittedly, Lee and Larson both ate burgers at Vanity Fair Oscars party, where they often have In 'N Out cater, so they hold a bit less mystique.
The OG burger-as-respite-from-high-profile-award-win was via Hilary Swank in 2005, after winning best actress for her role in Million Dollar Baby. Unfortunately, this moment happened pre-social media, so she did not post a photo of herself doing it. She was alone at the Astro Burger, not posturing to be a "Real Girl" or a "Real, Funny Boy" or a "I Am So Out Of Touch That I Can Only Use Fast Food To Relate To The Plebes"; rather, Swank was simply exhausted from a day of social demands and probably was super hungry from adjusting to a post-Million Dollar Baby shooting schedule and press tour.
This also means there is no public photo of the moment. US Weekly seems to have the only remaining proof online, besides this one tweet from the chain in 2010 reminiscing over their moment in the spotlight:
Did you know Hilary Swank came into Astro burger weho after she won the Oscar for million dollar baby!— Astro Burger WeHo (@AstroBurgerWeho) May 30, 2010