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11 things we spotted in the Oscars class photo

From BBC - February 6, 2018

Everyone from Margot Robbie to Mary J Blige gathered in Los Angeles on Monday for the traditional Oscars "class photo".

This year's Academy Awards contenders rubbed shoulders at the annual nominees' luncheon, which took place four weeks before they regroup for the ceremony itself.

While the catering team at the Academy are probably getting sick of the sight of Meryl Streep, we certainly are not.

And nor do we ever tire of the irregularities and intriguing outfits which are always provided by the class photo. Here are 11 things we spotted this year.

(Fortunately, Vanity Fair's Photoshop editor was not there to help so this is one Hollywood photo where nobody was given an extra leg.)

1. Firstly, is that... a cardboard cut-out?

Yes, yes it is.

At 89 years old, Agnes Varda is thought to be the oldest nominee in Oscars history.

The Belgian-born director is nominated in the best documentary film category for Visages Villages [Faces Places].

Sadly, Agnes could not make it to the luncheon in person. So her co-director JR held up a cardboard cut-out of her instead.

We do not know why nobody has thought of this before - just think of all the weddings she must get out of attending. (Actually does anybody know where you order one of these?)

2. Hey look it's Mitzeee from Hollyoaks

It's fair to say we do not often use the words "Hollyoaks" and "Oscars" in the same sentence.

But, there she is, third row from the front and fourth from the right: Rachel Shenton.

The Silent Child, written by Shenton and directed by Chris Overton (also a former actor from the British soap) is nominated for best live action short film.

"I do not class myself as a writer so I felt grossly under-qualified doing this," she said last month. But she certainly does not look out of place in this year's class photo.

3. This chap has been going to the gym and he would like you to know about it

"Oh this? Oh it's just my bicep. I'd totally forgotten it was there! Goodness gracious, what am I like, eh?"

Dunkirk cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema even appears to have a towel round his neck because obviously he's just come straight from the treadmill.

4. Eric Fellner would make a poor spy

The co-chairman of Working Title films might have managed to stay behind the scenes as a producer of Darkest Hour but had less success going undetected here, peering out from behind the giant statuette.

Of course, he may have been placed there deliberately given his uncanny resemblance to Oscar himself.

5. People in Los Angeles really need to stop using Justin Timberlake's tailor because this is getting silly now

After last year's trouser-gate, we really thought 2018 would be different.

Not only is Raphael Saadiq sporting a rather brave beige trousers/grey socks combo, but the tailor had clearly run out of fabric by the time the music producer got round to ordering an outfit.

WHEN WILL THEY LEARN?

*shakes fist*

6. It was not all grey

In a sea of dull suits and generic ties, a few brave souls stood out from the crowd with a splash of colour.

We particularly salute make-up artist Daniel Phillips, Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan and The Big Sick writer Emily V Gordon.

We do not care if they do not win any actual trophies - they have already won this year's photo.

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