January 11, 2016

"The most Vine-able moment of the night, for sure, was when Gaga confidently walked by Leo..."

"... to pick up her best TV supporting actress trophy for 'American Horror Story,' and he got unnecessarily freaked out when she bumped his elbow." That's how it's put in WaPo's "Golden Globes 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio’s Lady Gaga incident and 12 other things you missed" by Stephanie Merry and Emily Yahr.



I've watched that 10 times and I'm quite sure Merry and Yahr are obtuse. Lady Gaga did not just "confidently walk by" DiCaprio. She deliberately but subtly and sexily collided with him because it was funny and fun and she smiled. He could have been irked at perceived disrespect, but he knew he was on camera and performed a jovial 2-part reaction. Watch the eyebrows. Part 1 is not Jack Nicholsonian enough so he does a second, more exaggerated eyebrow raising. It's acting. He wasn't "unnecessarily freaked out," which makes him seem wimpy-jumpy. Unfair.

ADDED: One reason it happened is that DiCaprio is expanding out into the aisle. He's manspreading — the upper-body form of manspreading. Gaga's hips — in that high-structured dress — are flaring out in a way that used to be called "secretary spread" — so: womanspreading. It was a spread fest.

42 comments:

Char Char Binks said...

His arm was in the way. It was something completely ordinary.

tim maguire said...

Yeah, the bump was obviously on purpose and, whatever description you want to attach to the reaction, it was not "freaked out" by any definition I understand.

n.n said...

Administrative assistant spread. The title of secretary has been deprecated for anyone holding a rank less than cabinet member, UN official, or communist party leader.

Tank said...

In the olden days you could not talk about women spreading, at least not without at least one foot on the floor (who hasn't had sex with one foot on the floor?).

Paul said...

Playful flirting by enjoyed by both parties. A language feminists don't understand.

Michael K said...

Leonardo "wimpy and jumpy?"

Oh say it isn't so !

traditionalguy said...

Many in the world seems to be into standing their ground everywhere these days. So who are the trouble makers and who are the Established priviledged ones? May the best one win.

Once traditions are dumped, then it becomes every authority for itself.

Expat(ish) said...

Call me when you can't fit into a "normal" chair in a theater or airplane.

My shoulders (and I'm taller and broader than Leo) stick about five to six inches out into the aisle of an airplane in coach. In a "normal" theater they are 2-3" out. So unless I want to sit sideways (I often do) I gotta spread.

-XC

CWJ said...

Not since Pia Zadora won best newcomer, or some such, decades ago, have I enjoyed watching The Golden Globes as much as I did last night. It was the perfect drunken parody of an awards show. As Ricky G said "I've been paid. Spent it."

Too many highlights to mention, but "The Martian" being nominated and WINNING as best musical or comedy beats them all by a mile. Ridley Scott mines new depths of musical comedy. Who knew?

tim maguire said...

His elbow was in the aisle, but she hooked his arm and gave him a caress. She knew what she was doing. He was momentarily "WTF?" then quickly changed his attitude, maybe because he was on camera, maybe because it was Lady Gaga.

tola'at sfarim said...

with this stars history of misandrist,violent, and anti-religious videos, a microagression like this must not be tolerated. Oh wait its gaga- we have to praise her

Michael Fitzgerald said...

I thought of Jack Nicholson immediately too. DiCaprio is so "acty". Most obvious, exaggerated thespian since Jim Carrey. They are always "on".

Bob Ellison said...

The big stories on the Golden Globes this year are (1) that it's the biggest party of the year in Hollywood and (2) that everybody there is big-time drunk.

(1) is surprising because most of us outsiders think the Oscars is bigger.

(2) is not so surprising, but so many people have been talking about it lately that it makes me think we're not talking tipsy, but really stonkered, right across the grand floor and behind the curtains.

Limited blogger said...

Just saw The Revenant. Good to see Leo is fully recovered.

hombre said...

I saw something like this in the school cafeteria when I was 12.

David said...

"It was a spread fest."

And probably only the early stages.

Alexander said...

Now hang on a tic - did Gaga get written consent for that very 'sexy collision."

Cause if not, it's a little disconcerting to see people trying to victim shame DiCaprio by claiming he was overly 'freaked out' by his rapist.

grimson said...

A collision of the self-absorbed. The man opposite Leo at the other table pulled in his arm.

walter said...

Char Char Binks said...
His arm was in the way. It was something completely ordinary.
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Good grief..no room in the aisle for those hips?
I hardly recognized her without the egg shell or meat dress.

jaydub said...

If his elbow impacted her crotch, as it appeared to do, he should think about getting some penicillin on it ASAP.

Tank said...

The more I look at this, the more she looks drunk and trying hard not to trip and fall.

MayBee said...
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MayBee said...

I hadn't noticed the purposefulness of her bump, or the smirk on her face. Great catch! They are having fun!

I've never met DiCaprio, but I've been a couple of industry parties with him. I've been very close to him as he interacted with people, and he's completely capable of interacting with women of every age on a normal level. I don't know why so many writers feel like they need to make a dig on his character for this little moment he and Gaga seem to share.

So much ugly judgey-ness these days.

Rit said...

It is right in front of everyone's face but no one sees it. Look to her left and you'll understand what happened.

jr565 said...

Why isn't she wearing a dress made out of cold cuts or raw meat?

She looks almost normal here, and dare I say it... cute?

Left Bank of the Charles said...

Kate Winslet has held up better than her Titanic costar Leonardo DiCaprio, but he still lands the bigger movies, $3 billion at the box office for her versus $6 billion for him. I am looking forward to seeing the Steve Jobs movie when it comes out on video, although I expect it to be the same Aaron Sorkin hatchet job that he gave to Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.

eddie willers said...

Not since Pia Zadora won best newcomer

I've always had a soft spot for Pia Zadora.
(Yes...that's Laslo bait)

Leslie Graves said...

Your blogging, while always in the top 1% of all blogs, is supremely perfect the last few days. It's what Laslo (I think I remember this correctly) referred to as "the real Althouse". Does this come from school being out of sessions?

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks.

Don't know what causes the "real Althouse" effect... assuming it's... real.

From my perspective, it seems to flow from what I happen to see in the morning.

Maybe it's the very cold weather? Can't get out.

gerry said...

Lady Gaga has done some crazy crap, but after hearing her with Tony Bennett I started buying her music. What a voice!

jr565 said...

She is either lifting his arm to let him know how rude he is OR copping a feel and letting him know that she is aware of him and wants to spark an interaction later after the awards show.
Kind of like when someone walks up behind you and starts giving you a massage.

jr565 said...

OR they are having an affair already, And is touching him as she walks past. Because women like to mark their territory by touching their lovers in public. He isnt' paying attention to her walk down the aisle and she wants him to notice that its her. he at first doesn't notice and thinks someone moved his arm because he had it out blocking the way. But then he realizes its her and is talking to another hottie, so plays it off like he doesn't know her.
But he does. Clearly they are boning.

jr565 said...

eddie
"Not since Pia Zadora won best newcomer

I've always had a soft spot for Pia Zadora.
(Yes...that's Laslo bait)"

Whereas I always had a hard spot for Pia Zadora.

Laslo Spatula said...

"Don't know what causes the "real Althouse" effect... assuming it's... real.

From my perspective, it seems to flow from what I happen to see in the morning.

Maybe it's the very cold weather? Can't get out."

I think it shows itself when you have an observation on an emotion expressed in something you've come across, as opposed to a drier, more cerebral subject where words and their meaning are the subject.

By 'real' I think it is the feeling of you 'discovering' something, rather than the process of acutely analyzing something.

This is not to say it is based on your emotion; rather, it is when (it seems) you are working more with intuition rather than with education. Observation and intelligence factors in both, of course.

My intuition, that.

I am Laslo.

david7134 said...

Did you note her right hand? It disappeared into his back and that likely had more of a response than a hip/crotch bump.

tpceltus said...

He's the only person laughing. No one else is.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

That's assault, Lady.

Steven Davis said...

Agree with jr565. She is marking her present or future territory. They may not have been boning at that point in time, but they are now.

james conrad said...

Agrees that women like to "mark" their territory, I've always thought that odd but hey, they control the booty so that's THAT!

RonF said...

"He's manspreading — the upper-body form of manspreading."

I'm 6' 2" and 250+. He's not manspreading. The damn seats are too small is what the problem is. I'm betting that's why he's on the aisle. I always get an aisle seat on airplanes, it's the only way I can sit without smothering whoever I'm sitting next to.

And Lady Gaga can swing those hips into my shoulder anytime.

jr565 said...

"I'm 6' 2" and 250+. He's not manspreading. The damn seats are too small is what the problem is. I'm betting that's why he's on the aisle. I always get an aisle seat on airplanes, it's the only way I can sit without smothering whoever I'm sitting next to."
That is true. If you notice, there's an African American gentleman on the right side of the aisle who moves his arm out of the way when he sees her coming. Which suggest that maybe she did just push his arm because it was in the way.
But I like the idea that they are boning better, so Im sticking with that.

Paul Snively said...

First thought: who's the Marilyn-Monroealike?

Second thought: That's Lady Gaga!?

Third thought: of course Leo enjoyed it. Unlike some here, I guess, I believe he's straight.

Ex post facto thought: good catch on the hand bit. She doesn't strike his elbow with her hip; she deliberately pushes it with the back of her hand. Maybe because she knows Leo will get a kick out of it; maybe just to avoid the actual overreaction from the gentleman on her left. Whatever. But she's having fun, and Leo's double-take is priceless.