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Let it be said that the 84th Annual Academy Awards showcased more than a bit of celebrity impersonation -- and not just from host Billy Crystal. After Angelina Jolie struck an affected leg-thrusting pose while presenting the Oscar for best adapted screenplay, The Descendants co-writer Jim Rash couldn't resist striking the exact same stance when he took the stage to accept the award.
The sequence started with a quip from Crystal introducing Jolie as "the original girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "the other half of Billyjelina" -- which may be the reason the In the Land of Blood and Honey director, 36, was so amused when she stepped up to the microphone. Before starting to read the nominees for the two screenwriting awards, Jolie (dressed in a gorgeous Atelier Versace dress with a thigh-high split) stuck her hand on her hip and popped out her right leg out of the sexy slit.
So when The Descendants trio (including Rash and co-writers Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon) accepted their award, Rash -- who is best known as the flamboyant Dean Pelton on NBC's Community -- decided to mimic the famous Hollywood beauty. Rash explains that the homage was all in good fun, because the show's producers had asked all the nominees to select only one person to speak when there were multiple winners on stage.
"Honestly, as soon as I saw her pose like that, I was like, 'I'm going to do that,'" Rash told Entertainment Weekly at the Governors Ball after the show. "I knew Alexander was going to take the reigns, so I was like, 'How can I make a moment?' -- selfishly," Rash joked.
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