A Look Back At The Oscar Selfie: Where Are They Now?
We seemed so young then. So full of hope.
Of course not all was as it seemed. The truth always comes out eventually, and the producers of the Oscars that year (who are also doing this year's ceremony), told Entertainment Weekly that Ellen's Oscars selfie was actually a bit that went off-script:
"The joke as originally scripted was that Ellen was going to come down and see Meryl Streep, and she was going to gather people around to take a selfie with Meryl," says [producer Neil] Meron. "Ellen said in the script, 'You know Meryl my arm isn't long enough so will you stand up and take the picture of the group?' with Meryl Streep getting up and being out of the picture. And that was the joke." Instead, Bradley Cooper ("who had long arms," Meron notes) grabbed the phone and snapped the famous shot with DeGeneres, Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o and her photobombing, Angelina Jolie-blocking brother. It wasn't what anyone expected.
Less than a year ago we had Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep and Bradley Cooper. Today and 3,362,675 retweets later we have... well, let's see where the stars of the infamous Oscar Selfie are now:
Ellen DeGeneres (ceremony host): Last year's 86th Academy Awards were the second time that DeGeneres had hosted the big show (having previously hosted them in 2007). She has yet to be invited to come back to host a third time, no doubt having soured her reputation not just for ruining what would've been The Perfect Selfie Skit, but also calling out The Academy for being cheapskates who couldn't even cater the show or properly tip a pizza guy.
Bradley Cooper (former up-and-coming actor, selfie-taker): Cooper was on the precipice of hitting the big time, having been nominated for his role in American Hustle that year. It's no coincidence that the nominee went home empty-handed the same night he hijacked what should've been Meryl Streep's gig. After being obviously blackballed for his role in the Selfie Fiasco, the actor sunk into a downward spiral and was seen really letting himself go. In a last-ditch hope at redemption, the actor teamed up with an aging director and took the lead in a niche film marketed towards evangelical, Red State audiences.
Meryl Streep (former legend): The next time we saw Meryl Streep was in the film adaptation of The Giver. Really not much more needs to be said than that. Well, I guess it can also be mentioned that she's not even a front-runner for an award this year. How the mighty have fallen.
Jennifer Lawrence (YA-adaptation actress): Bradley Cooper dragged down his Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle co-star with him. Lawrence is currently starring in a critically-panned, VOD release alongside Cooper.
Julia Roberts (once was your mom's favorite movie star): The former box-office draw has yet to appear in a film in theaters since The Selfie, with her recent credits being the producer of a line of straight-to-video films based on toys.
Kevin Spacey (Internet actor): That Guy That Starred In One Of Those Movies Annyoing Bros Are Into is now stuck acting in television shows... on the Internet. A format that can't even keep things in order.
Brad Pitt (famous husband): Hated his haircut for the movie Fury so much that he intentionally stood upright as much as he could to leave it out of the frame of The Selfie. Now doing voiceover work for nature documentaries.
Lupita Nyong'o (former It-Girl): Once the talk of the town, Nyong'o followed-up her hype with a bit part in Yet Another Liam Neeson Movie and is now working on a big-budget science fiction series based on the works of that guy responsible for The Phantom Menace, More American Graffiti, Howard The Duck, and Red Tails.
Angelina Jolie (Jon Voight's daughter): After destroying a once-beloved Disney character in a movie that was a critical failure, Jolie decided to call it quits from acting and decided to go behind the camera. Her film Unbroken is a nominee in multiple categories this year, including the prestigious categories of Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
Peter Nyong'o (annoying tag-along younger sibling): Somehow managed to annoy his sister into wasting her +1 on him. It goes without saying that once you block Angie in a photo, you blew whatever chance you had in Hollywood. Sorry bud.
[h/t: @dinamartina for the inspiration!]