There was a lot riding on this year’s Oscars, what with the Me Too movement front and center in Hollywood and that little Best Picture snafu from last year. Thankfully, amid the tiptoeing, there was still a little room for some viral fun.
Tiffany Haddish became the internet’s latest queen, JLaw returned with some more all-too relatable shenanigans, Helen Miren rode a jet ski and Meryl Streep updated a classic meme. Here’s what the internet is talking about one day post-Oscars.
Rita Moreno’s dress and dance
In 1962, Rita Moreno won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her iconic portrayal of Anita in West Side Story. In 2018, she’s still slaying the awards and wore the exact same dress again to prove it. Obviously, she looked fabulous.
I love Rita Moreno so much, and even more for rewearing the dress she wore when she won for West Side Story in 1962 (!) pic.twitter.com/iUljJTDyv0
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) March 5, 2018
And in case anyone was wondering if she could still dance like Anita, when it was her turn to present, she dramatically danced downstage to the mic to thunderous applause.
— Michael Blackmon (@blackmon) March 5, 2018
Taraji P. Henson’s Seacrest shade
Ryan Seacrest has had a bit of a rough week with allegations of sexual harassment resurfacing against him after he thought an investigation had put them to bed. While some publicists had made statements that they would be telling their talent to avoid Seacrest on the red carpet, there were still quite a few who paid him a visit.
One of those stars was Taraji P. Henson, who we all know has no trouble speaking her mind. During the interview, she seemed to get pretty shady with Seacrest, saying, “The universe has a way of taking care of the good people. You know what I mean?” and giving him what seemed to viewers like a condescending chin squeeze.
Holy shit Taraji just put a curse on Ryan Seacrest 😂 pic.twitter.com/GSknn3NozF
— Sara Jean Hughes (@sarajeanhughes) March 5, 2018
Later in the night, People asked about the moment and Henson set the record straight, telling the publication that her comments were “misconstrued” and she “absolutely” supports Seacrest.
“I did it to keep his chin up. It’s an awkward position to be in. He’s been cleared but anyone can say anything,” she said.
The end of the interview — where Henson hugs Seacrest and tells him “it’s always good to see you” — soon made its rounds on the internet too. Framing is everything, people.
— Siobhan Morris (@siomo) March 5, 2018
A practical magic reunion
ABC’s red carpet coverage ended with a Sandra Bullock interview that was quickly joined by Nicole Kidman. The two reminisced about their 1998 film, Practical Magic, in which they play witch sisters.
“I loved that movie. I showed that movie to my kids . . . We’re really good sisters,” said Kidman.
“And we’re really good drinkers too,” Bullock added.
— Nicole Kidman (@NicoleKidman) March 5, 2018
That got the internet excited about a potential reunion film. Like host Jimmy Kimmel quipped later in the show, Hollywood is pretty much only doing sequels and reboots right now anyway.
I don’t watch the Red Carpet but I tuned in just in time to witness Nicole Kidman sneak up on Sandra Bullock and they ignored the interviewer and just began chatting about how much they like Practical Magic (one of my all time faves) so now I’m in a great mood to watch the Oscars
— Jen Richards (@SmartAssJen) March 5, 2018
— taylor (@taylorcon21) March 5, 2018
PRACTICAL MAGIC FOREVER pic.twitter.com/8SnV5faJsZ
— Emma Gray (@emmaladyrose) March 5, 2018
The winner of the jet ski
Oscar hosts are always trying to come up with fresh ways to make fun of the long acceptance speeches and encourage winners to keep it short. This year, Jimmy Kimmel offered a little monetary incentive to keep to time. With the help of the ever-glamourous Helen Mirren, he announced that the shortest speech would receive a brand new jet ski (Helen Mirren not included). Then, about half-way through the show, Kimmel sweetened the deal with a vacation to Lake Havasu, Arizona.
The prizes (and the honor of riding the jet ski on stage with Mirren) went to Phantom Thread costume designer Mark Bridges.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 5, 2018
— Phantom Thread (@Phantom_Thread) March 5, 2018
I love the dumb jet ski contest because when both Jordan Peele and Roger Deakins brought it up in their acceptance speeches and it is going to confuse future generations so much
and that makes me smile
— Kilo (@OilyWhisper68) March 5, 2018
That giant print on the envelopes
As the first presenters came out, people noticed a big difference (literally) in the look of the envelopes. As a precaution against another Envelopegate, the names of the categories were emblazoned in very large print on the envelopes containing the winners. The whole reason for the Lala Land/Moonlight confusion last year was because Best Picture presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the Best Actress envelope by accident. Looks like the redesign paid off.
— Andrea Mandell (@AndreaMandell) March 5, 2018
Anyone else appreciate how they changed the design of the #Oscars envelopes to make it ridiculously clear what the envelope’s category was? A design flaw they probably should have fixed ages ago. pic.twitter.com/20XN7MaAah
— Madeline A.D. Brewer (@madelineab) March 5, 2018
— Priyal (@priyal) March 5, 2018
Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph
Do we have the next Amy Poehler/Tina Fey comedy pairing? Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph better be announcing their joint stand-up tour in the next few days because the two stole the show while they were presenting. Seriously, please let them take over for Kimmel next year.
The two walked out in fuzzy Ugg slippers, carrying their heals by the straps. They went on to joke about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of a few years ago, assuring the audience that the awards haven’t gotten “too black” since then. Their chemistry was possibly the best thing to grace that blinged out stage.
— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) March 5, 2018
Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish appeared and I immediately screamed “Thelma and Louise reboot” at a stranger.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) March 5, 2018
— Justin Simien (@JSim07) March 5, 2018
Tiffany Haddish’s dress
Did that dress Tiffany was wearing seem at all familiar to you? If you watched the comedian host Saturday Night Live last year or if you saw her at the Girls Trip premiere, you’ve definitely seen it before. In her SNL monologue, Tiffany joked about how stars never seem to wear the same outfit twice and said if she’s going to drop her own money on an Alexander McQueen, there’s no way she’s only getting one use out of it. So you better believe she’s wearing that baby to the Oscars too. She then became the internet’s true queen (you know, of the moment).
— Iva (@ivadixit) March 5, 2018
— Variety (@Variety) March 5, 2018
Is #Tiffanyhaddish wearing the SAME DRESS that she wore on @nbcsnl LIKE SHE SAID SHE WOULD??? this set-up is LYFE. #mayarudolph I love you so much. #TheOscars2018 #oscars90 #oscars pic.twitter.com/owEZy4N9VN
— Wanyizee (@Wanyizee) March 5, 2018
Tiffany Haddish is me when i bought my dream & expensive dress and swear to wear it on every single important occasions from now on.
— T’Challalalala (@pillypiez) March 5, 2018
If Rita Moreno and Tiffany Haddish can do it, it’s officially okay to reuse outfits.
Jennifer Lawrence scrambling back to her seat
JLaw may be taking on roles farther and farther from her personality, but she reminded everyone last night that she is still #SoRelatable. Before the show, Lawrence was having a quick conversation with everyone’s favourite perpetually nominated actress, Meryl Streep, when it was time for the audience to find its seats. Jen somehow ended up in the wrong row and had to vault over a seat to get to her’s before the show. So now the internet has its new favourite relatable picture: Jennifer Lawrence with a glass of white wine in hand, hiking up her skirt to straddle a theater seat. Thank you to whoever captured this now-iconic image.
— Jennifer Lawrence (@JenLawUS) March 5, 2018
— Katherine Regele (@kathregs) March 5, 2018
Already so excited for this year’s most popular Halloween costume, the seat-climbing jennifer lawrence
— taco shelley (@nadia_not_there) March 5, 2018
Meryl Streep yelling
In 2015, Meryl Streep made the mistake of yelling about something at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Now, a photo of the actress with her hands cupped around her mouth has become an iconic meme most commonly associated with people singing loudly. At the Oscars this year, Streep made the same move at some point during the show and someone caught it. Now, she’s renewed the joke and sparked a new one where her two pictures yell at each other. This is the internet at it’s prime.
— mean plastic (@meanpIastic) March 5, 2018
— ♡ (@scarlettf4ncy) March 5, 2018
-WHO ARE YOU ?
— NATALIA (@tsssniall_) March 5, 2018
That movie theater insanity
About half-way through the show, Jimmy Kimmel took a group of volunteers including Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Lupita Nyong’O to the movie theater across the street to surprise a group of movie-goers taking in a special preview of A Wrinkle in Time. It was a crazy few minutes of television where stars passed out candy, Armie Hammer and Ansel Algort shot hot dogs out of hot dog guns and a randomly-selected audience member completely butchered Tiffany Haddish’s name. Wild.
— People (@people) March 5, 2018
— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) March 5, 2018
Mike Young in this movie theater really can’t say Tiffany Haddish’s name 😂 #Oscars
— Chenue Her (@ChenueHer) March 5, 2018
😍 God, send me a man that holds a hot dog gun with as much intensity as Armie Hammer. pic.twitter.com/wSbTiLcegI
— Derek Schoby (@dschob1) March 5, 2018
It’s sometimes hard to get a read on Frances McDormand, but no one can deny that she is a stunning actress who’s going to say what needs to be said. Something she told the audience flat out before she began her Best Actress acceptance speech. At the end, she had all the nominated women stand to show everyone in the room the female talent that was among them.
“Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed,” she said, “Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours, whatever suits you best, and we’ll tell you all about them.”
— The Guardian (@guardian) March 5, 2018
Here’s what it looked like inside #Oscars when Frances McDormand asked all female nominees to stand. @AllisonBJanney @MargotRobbie embraced, Meryl Streep cheered and some in upper decks got on their feet. #inclusionrider. It was major moment. pic.twitter.com/ECgTniugeb
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) March 5, 2018
I have never been so moved by #Oscars in all the time I have watched it. Seeing all those women stand up and having Frances McDormand demand that people take meetings with women is EVERYTHING.
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) March 5, 2018
Thank you, Frances McDormand.
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 5, 2018
When it finally came down to the big moment of the night, you could tell everyone was a little on edge. Kimmel cracked a few jokes but seemed visibly anxious. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty returned to (hopefully) get it right this time and seemed very nervous about the whole thing. After The Shape of Water was announced, Guillermo del Toro refused to accept the golden statue until he took a quick look at the envelope himself. Just in case.
— ABC Network (@ABCNetwork) March 5, 2018