Tuesday, January 13, 2015





By: January 9, 2015 9:11 pm


If you thought you were truly, madly, deeply in love with your significant other, you may want to re-evalute.

Why?

Well, because, you’ve never seen the way Brad Pitt gazes at Angelina Jolie when she talks. Or how she unabashedly tugged and scratched at his salt-and-pepper goatee while a table full of people try not to stare. Then there was the 15-second forehead kiss he planted on her. Are you swooning yet?

The A-list couple sat one table over and directly in my line of sight during the AFI Awards luncheon at the Four Seasons this afternoon, and getting a glimpse of their PDA and almost visceral attraction was something to behold. It was seriously like watching Mr. and Mrs. Smith 2.

When I wasn’t table-stalking Brangelina, I managed to observe a few other things about the awards presentation, which recognized the 21 best films and TV shows of 2014, including Jolie’s Unbroken, Into the Woods, Selma, Orange Is the New Black and How to Get Away With Murder, among others.






















Here are 5 moments that stood out:

1. Kirk Douglas & Oprah are King and Queen of AFI

In a room full of A-listers like Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Clint Eastwood, Matthew McConaughey and tons more, it’s hard to out-famous the guy next to you — unless you’re Kirk Douglas. When he came out to talk about the AFI fellowship he endowed, he got a minute-long standing ovation. Then when Oprah Winfrey showed up, all of us who had been watching Brad and Angelina’s every move quickly shifted our attention to The Mighty O.
(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)

2. Matthew McConaughey’s barber has died

That can be the only explanation for the mess of unruly, insane curls he’s rocking these days. I mean, what is that?!
(Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
(Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

3. Norman Lear is kind of a flirt

There I was tweeting away on my phone, when a sweet old man walked up to me, grabbed my hand and said, “I don’t know you, but I’m in the practice of telling beautiful people that they’re beautiful. I just thought you should know.” That man was television icon Norman Lear, 92. We’re dating now — obviously.
(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

4. #TGIT withdrawal is a real, scientific thing

Most of the stars weren’t feeling particularly chatty, so when I got a chance to talk with How to Get Away With Murder‘s Aja Naomi King, I  jumped at it. Naturally we chatted about how OMG the show is, and how everyone is going through #TGIT withdrawal until HTGAWM, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy return on Jan. 29. “Apparently, they got a bunch of scientists together to figure out what people were going through. It’s been amazing, the kind of response we’ve gotten to that three-hour block, so taking it away from people has been a shock to the system.” Yes, girl.
(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
(Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

5. Everyone wants David Oyelowo to win the Oscar

If Oscars voting was done by an Applause-O-Meter, Oyelowo would take home the gold. After a clip from Selma rolled during the awards presentation, his MLK monologue got the loudest and longest cheers and applause of the afternoon.
(Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
(Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Bonus moment: A Fight Club reunion is in the works

Not really, but Brad Pitt and Edward Norton did spend lots of time chatting and laughing it up, while the fangirl in me squealed — on the inside. They are Tyler Durden.
(Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
(Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)







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