Angelina Jolie proudly revealed her bare right leg through her classy black gown while presenting at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, though the immediate internet reaction was negative and Angelina soon found herself a running joke. The actress-turned-director made the initial "stance" as she presented the award for the Best Screenwriter, standing with her hand on hip and protruding her right leg outwards so that it slipped out from under her gown.
The atmosphere in the Kodak Theatre was uncomfortable to say the least - with some audience members chuckling and perhaps thinking Angelina has jokingly posed that way for laughs. Within moments of the "stance", a Twitter account had been set up with the handle AngiesRightLeg, with a mystery users posting a number of tweets mostly urging followers, of which there are over 13,000, to "Look at the leg!!" Elsewhere a Tumblr was set up titled http://angelingajolieing.tumblr.comwhich saw people posting of themselves recreating the bizarre pose. Memes meanwhile have been set up depicting Jolie's leg at famous events such as protesting in Tiananmen Square and attending protests in the US where campus students were pepper-sprayed.
Even at the event itself, the recipient of the Best Screenwriter Award, 'The Descendants' Jim Rash couldn't resist a dig, standing in the same pose as Jolie. Within hours it had become a viral sensation.