On Sunday night at the 2012 Oscars, “The Descendants” co-writer Jim Rash hit the stage with Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon to accept the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. They were handed their prize by Angelina Jolie, who had just turned heads in her breathtaking Versace black velvet gown, which featured one very sexy slit. To emphasize the look, Jolie had popped out her right leg; the move prompted a Twitter account made in the leg’s honor and Rash’s funny onstage parody of it, right next to Jolie.
Shortly after Rash imitated her stance at the show, he was asked what had moved him to do it. He laughed off the moment, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “I had just seen her pose and thought it was bold and fun. And you know what? We have exactly the same legs!
Really, it was a loving tribute and nothing but.”
Faxon, who also sort of got in on the joke with his leg, said, “Angelina’s supremely hot. There’s no way to do anything but honor her.”
Rash also spoke to EW.com about the moment, noting that he had decided to go there when producers told nominees that when multiple people accepted an award, only one person could give a speech.
“Honestly, as soon as I saw her pose like that, I was like, ‘I’m going to do that,’ ” said the writer, who also plays Dean Pelton on “Community.” “I knew Alexander was going to take the reins, so I was like, ‘How can I make a moment?’ — selfishly. I almost thought it was a little Dean Pelton, somehow. I was bringing it all together.
Because I have stood like that [on ‘Community’].”
As of press time, the Twitter account (under the handle “Angies Right
Leg”) made in that leg’s honor had yet to comment on the moment, but sure had plenty to say about its own glory over the course of 18 tweets. One of the final tweets simply noted, “You have to admit I’m one hell of a leg.”