If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a gif must be worth at least a million (math!). With the advent of this bite-sized animated wonder, award shows have become less about who won what and more about who made what face. Here are the gifs from last night’s Oscar Awards that will be finding their way into your texts and gchats soon.
Things got started with Justin Timberlake performing that war crime of a song from Trolls, but I’ll spare you gifs of that and present you with Queen Meryl instead. Host Jimmy Kimmel made her the center of his monologue right away, and Meryl’s reaction was equal parts:
- “Oops, I think I ate too much of that edible.”
- “Oh, no! My ex is here.”
- “I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be part of.”
But she pushed through because she’s a pro. And everyone gave her a standing ovation because she’s Meryl Mother F–king Streep!
Guess who claps weird…
Did she just get her nails done? Has her body been snatched by one of the aliens from Arrival?
She already has her Oscar, so she’ll clap weird if she wants to. *Kanye shrug*
Jimmy Kimmel’s “jokes” were landing flat, so he plied the audience with hundreds of parachuting candy packets:
Angel-on-Earth Michelle Williams was delighted and a little bit scared:
Elsewhere, Taraji P. Henson tried to get in on some of Octavia Spencer’s sweets:
And she lived happily ever after:
After watching a clip of his work in La La Land, Ryan Gosling took a second and thought to himself: Wait a sec, it’s about jazz, but has almost zero black people in it?
While we’re on the topic of the man we all want to leave our partners for, kudos to this woman for not passing out or screaming “HUMMINA HUMMINA” right into his face:
Mahershala Ali made history by becoming the first Muslim to win for Best Supporting Actor:
And Viola Davis made history by becoming the first black person to ever win an Oscar, Emmy, and Tony for acting (one Grammy away from EGOT status!). She also succeeded in giving a speech that made everyone — including herself — cry:
You know who doesn’t deserve to be in the same room as Viola? This scary creep:
Onto more pleasant humans, I don’t know who this is, but I love him:
I’m also in love with Jackie Chan for bringing a stuffed panda as his plus one:
Once Denzel Washington realized he wasn’t going to win in his category, he was ready to go home:
And he wasn’t alone:
But the Oscars had one final surprise planned. Faye Dunaway pulled a Steve Harvey and mistakenly declared La La Land the Best Picture of the year. The La La Land producers thanked their children, ancestors, and everyone else, before being informed that Moonlight was actually the rightful winner.
Taraji and Octavia were gagged:
Barry Jenkins was like, This is correct! And Janelle Monae was busy exclaiming, YAS! Yas. Yas.
And, like this dapper gent, everyone at home was stunned and pleased. #Steased? #Plunned? Who cares?! Moonlight won!!!!
And those who aren’t happy about that can deal with it:
And that’s all he wrote. See y’all next year!
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