The Internet reacts with impressive speed when something meme-worthy crops up. We’ve previously seen it with the Facebook ‘Look Back’ parodies, 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 (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
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.
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, 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
— Laurel & Hardy (@Stan_And_Ollie) March 4, 2014
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
— Mashable (@mashable) March 3, 2014
The Internet loves Nicolas Cage. Almost as much as the Internet loves cats. 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
— Phil Edwards (@Live_for_Films) March 5, 2014
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!
Very selfie much oscar wow such Ellen DeGeneres pic.twitter.com/oWszLyJrIl
— Doge (@WowSuchDoge) March 3, 2014
Wow. Many Doge. So awesum.
— Grumpy Cat (@RealGrumpyCat) March 3, 2014
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
Someone on reddit changed every face on that Ellen selfie to Kevin Spacey. Top work pic.twitter.com/n1Br16QlQ7
— Lucy James (@lucyjamesgames) March 3, 2014
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.
— PEANUTS (@Snoopy) March 3, 2014
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.
— The LEGO Group (@LEGO_Group) March 4, 2014
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.
The ugly true story of that Oscar® selfie can finally be told! Let’s break Twitter again. Look for Bart. pic.twitter.com/tdfr3Juhff
— Homer J. Simpson (@HomerJSimpson) March 5, 2014
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.
— Vicky Lane (@Chattervix) March 3, 2014
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.
Image Credit: Disney/ABC via Flickr