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10 Things We Learned Following The Oscars on Social Media

Here’s our top takeaways from the night, from Meryl’s moves to Matthew’s megalomania.

It turns out Hollywood knows about selfies

  Remember that president guy? Barack somethingorother? Cast your mind back a couple of years to the point at which Obama was re-elected and you’ll recall that iconic image of him hugging his wife with the pithy caption “Four more years.” The internet went wild!

But not that wild. Because this historic moment, as captured in a tweet, has only been retweeted a lousy 781,042 times since.

Cue your Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres, who’d already been busy snapping selfies in the ceremony like a fully fledged member of the yoof by the time she handed her phone to Bradley Cooper, and a bunfight ensued. In they quickly crowded, Hollywood’s finest: J-Law and Channing Tatum, Meryl and Julia Roberts, Ellen herself, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, and that’s Lupita’s brother on the right, by the way. Oh and there’s Angelina Jolie, although only half of her face is visible in the image, plus a teensy bit of Jared Leto.

“If only Bradley’s arm was longer,” joshed Ellen’s caption. Had it been, we’d probably have seen some men from Mars in the image.

Within an hour, the picture had been retweeted well over a million times and reimagined in ways that were claimed to be amusing. By the end of the ceremony it had been retweeted over 2 million times

Next year, if we’re lucky, they’ll just Snapchat the entire ceremony.

(A big hand to Liza for trying, at least. )

Hollywood also knows about photobombing

As U2 lined up to pose with partners on the red carpet, Benedict Cumberbatch leaped into the picture. Luckily Bono has yet to grow eyes at the back of his head, or he might have been forced to raise the upper corners of his mouth.

Kevin Spacey took up the baton. “My photobombing gets better and better!” he tweeted (though it isn’t really a photobomb if you’ve been asked to pose).

The Academy soon felt that they too were getting the hang of this malarkey and started to post other “photobombs”. Michael Fassbender!


Anne Hathaway!

Meryl Streep may not tweet, but she sure can boogie

Performing his hit Happy – from the soundtrack to Despicable Me 2, don’tcha know – Pharrell Williams got just a little bit fresh with the august Academy crowd, imploring the audience to get on their feet and dance. Well, of course Lupita Nyong’o and Amy Adams did just that, but surpriiiise! .... because someone just topped them, and that person was Meryl Streep.

Everyone knows that the 64-year old Streep knows how to move – her turn in August: Osage County (for which she was nominated for best supporting actress) perhaps didn’t best display her talents in this regard, but we all remember Mamma Mia!. And here she didn’t disappoint, half rising from her set and near-on hypnotising the 40-year old pop poppet and friend of that Robin Thicke with her brazen gaze.

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