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The Internet reacts with impressive speed when something meme-worthy crops up. We’ve previously seen it with the Facebook ‘Look Back’ parodies The Best Facebook 'Look Back' Parodies So Far [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Best Facebook 'Look Back' Parodies So Far [Weird & Wonderful Web] Facebook is 10. To celebrate its birthday it invited everyone to 'Look Back' at their time on the social networking site. This made the Facebook 'Look Back' videos perfect for parodying. As usual, the Internet... Read More , which were produced within a week of the original making its debut. And now the same has happened with Ellen’s Oscars selfie.

The Infamous Ellen Oscars Selfie

Ellen DeGeneres hosted the 86th Academy Awards; an overlong, rather dull, backslapping bonanza enjoyed by the Hollywood elite and endured by the rest of us. In the midst of this snoozefest, one moment stood out and captured the collective imagination of the Internet… a selfie 5 Things To Avoid When Taking Selfies 5 Things To Avoid When Taking Selfies Selfies shouldn’t be taken lightly, and there are many things you need to avoid. Read More .

The selfie, which featured a selection of actors, actresses, and nobodies, wasn’t quite pre-planned, but it did come about as a direct result of Ellen lugging around a Galaxy Note 3 all night in order to appease Samsung Oscars Selfies, Free Windows 8.1, Nokia X Hack, Internet Trolls [Tech News Digest] Oscars Selfies, Free Windows 8.1, Nokia X Hack, Internet Trolls [Tech News Digest] Academy Awards selfies, Tim Cook is the Incredible Hulk, Windows 8.1 could be free, Nokia X hacked, FCC broadband app arrives, coding your own Flappy Bird clone, and Internet trolls should be avoided at all... Read More , which sponsored the event.

So, Ellen was shilling for Samsung, but that didn’t stop the Internet from reacting positively to the most-retweeted selfie of all time by conjuring up its own parodies. The best of which are embedded below for your entertainment.

Laurel & Hardy

A lot of random other people were shoved into frame for these parodies, but Laurel and Hardy just seem to fit. Somehow. Perhaps it’s because the pioneering film stars would have been included in the shot had selfies existed in the 1930s.

Nicolas Cages, Everywhere

The Internet loves Nicolas Cage. Almost as much as the Internet loves cats 10 Of The Best Funny Cat Tumblrs To Fulfil Your Feline Fetish 10 Of The Best Funny Cat Tumblrs To Fulfil Your Feline Fetish It's time for me to come out as a cat lover. I cannot hold it in any longer, I love the little furballs, especially my own little furball of joy that cuddles up to me... Read More . Which is why this particular parody was bound to turn up sooner or later. You can never have too much Cage, which is a good job given his popularity.


They Live: Redux

You think think the Hollywood elite who gathered behind Ellen are lovely, talented actors who deserve the accolades bestowed upon them. But don’t be fooled by their flawless skin and perfect teeth. They Live!

Doge Heaven

Wow. Many Doge. So awesum.

Grumpy Cat

That wasn’t Bradley Cooper wrestling the phone from Ellen’s hands in order to take the selfie. It was Grumpy Cat. Who remained grumpy throughout the ordeal. I do sense a slight glint in his eye though. Probably thanks to his proximity to Jennifer Lawrence.

The Spacey In Between

The star of the original selfie is undoubtedly Kevin Spacey, who sneaked in at the back and gave an enigmatic smile that would leave the Mona Lisa screaming like a banshee. This parody gets rid of the dead wood and fills the frame with Spacey.


A bunch of actors posing for a selfie is good, but a bunch of cartoon characters mimicking that pose is even better. The Peanuts crew did just that. Or, alternatively, someone drew them making that pose. Believe what you will.

LEGO Doppelgangers

LEGO gets everywhere these days. Even the Academy Awards. Note the singular form used to describe this educational tool?! It’s not LEGOs as some strange people Americans believe How To Use LEGOs To Manage Your Time Better How To Use LEGOs To Manage Your Time Better I think I've found the ultimate productivity tool: LEGOs. Don't leave! Let me explain. Read More .

The Simpsons

Matt Groening must have been sitting at home watching the Oscars when Ellen’s selfie exploded online. So he immediately put pen to paper and produced this fine alternative version of the photo that shook Twitter.

Bradley Who?!

This isn’t the greatest Photoshop job in the world, but it’s worthy of inclusion thanks to its backstory. When reporting on the original selfie, The Guardian newspaper suggested it was taken by Bradley Manning, later issuing a correction to Bradley Cooper. Oops.


You may consider these parodies of Ellen’s Oscars selfie to be a complete and utter waste of time and energy. But I think they demonstrate creativity that would never get an airing in public if the Internet didn’t exist. They’re also comical, which helps.

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