Hugh Jackman may have missed out on the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – but his reaction to the defeat looks set to become immortalised in a million memes from here unto eternity.
Everyone is familiar with the concept of the meme now – they often take the form of captioned photos intended to be funny and as a way of publicly ridiculing human behaviour – and Jackman pulled a blinder at the Globes.
The moment came as James Franco, who won the award ahead of Jackman for his work in The Disaster Artist, took the stage to deliver his acceptance speech.
Franco ushered writer, director and actor Tommy Wiseau – the man Franco played in The Disaster Artist, which chronicled the making of Wiseau’s ‘so-bad-it’s-good’ movie The Room – onto the stage to accept the award alongside him.
In the minutes that followed, the camera cut to Jackman, sat at his table looking completely bewildered at what was going on.
It may have simply been that the Wolverine actor was confused by Wiseau’s presence, however it didn’t take long for the reaction to go viral.
truly feeling REFRESHED by this look from hugh jackman @ james franco pic.twitter.com/r2KYyyq4pu
— Aubrey Page (@aubreypage_) January 8, 2018
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 8, 2018
Hugh Jackman’s face upon seeing he lost Best Actor for his dumbass circus musical to James Franco imitating Tommy Wiseau is my new favorite reaction image to everything ever… pic.twitter.com/RHciptcttd
— Tatum Strangely (@Tatum_Strangely) January 8, 2018
Im Hugh Jackman watching James Franco win best actor pic.twitter.com/TXqa9yNdLa
— katie ✨ (@katieenallen) January 8, 2018
— maria WATCH DIRK GENTLY ON NETFLIX (@nygmalpha) January 8, 2018
me rn wondering how Hugh Jackman did not win pic.twitter.com/0cVoCx1jPZ
— Holly Caitlin Farris (@holly_caitlin) January 8, 2018
Hugh Jackman’s face realizing he just lost to this guy: pic.twitter.com/nWPhWQvNzs
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) January 8, 2018
Jackman’s reaction is, perhaps, understandable.
After all, he really put his heart and soul into the musical comedy The Greatest Showman – it’s exactly the kind of movie this award was created for in the first place!
Unfortunately, that counted for nothing, with Jackman forced to watch on while a strange, dishevelled man (Wiseau, not Franco) took to the stage.
And now he must face up to the realisation that his reaction is likely to outlive The Great Showman, The Disaster Artist and maybe even his work as Wolverine.
It’s not difficult to see why – it’s the perfect reaction meme to almost anything.
The possibilities are endless!
First coined by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins back in 1976, the word “meme” actually comes from the word “mimema”, meaning “something imitated”,).
Dawkins described memes as a form of cultural propagation and a way for people to transmit social memories and cultural ideas to each other.
Good luck trying to shake that off, Hugh.
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