TIFF 2015’s biggest photo trend: celebrities pointing at each other, for some reason
If you paid any attention to TIFF this year, you noticed a confounding red carpet trend: pointing in photos. Specifically, people jabbing a finger cross-torso at their counterpart. What does this signify? Our leading theory: it’s the visual equivalent of the humblebrag, a way of soaking in, whilst simultaneously deflecting, the spotlight. Or maybe it just looks cool? (We remain unconvinced.) In any case, here are 13 stars and their fans/followers/benevolent stalkers who’ve mastered the proliferating habit.
Here’s Dev Patel telling us to appreciate the acting of his The Man Who Knew Infinity co-star Jeremy Irons.
The same gesture can also be used with lady friends.
Ummm…. @minplentl Dev thinks this is a clever way to wear his #burberry jacket…and no its not raining! #devpatel #tiff2015 #whatthehell A photo posted by Stephanie Comer (@beachcomer22) on
John Travolta thinks local club owner Charles Khabouth is the real star of this photo.
Last night at #Byblos we welcomed the cast of the upcoming #Gotti movie for an exclusive #TIFF15 party hosted by @Ciroc and @StellaArtois. Here’s the legendary #JohnTravolta with our very own Charles Khabouth! Photo c/o George Pimentel/WireImage for Byblos A photo posted by Byblos Toronto (@byblostoronto) on
Here’s Kristen Stewart showing us that director Drake Doremus deserves all the cred.
#kristenstewart #kstew #kstewart #kristenjaymesstewart #kjs #drakedoremus #Equals #movie #actress #amazing #tiff15 #tiff40 #torontofilmfestival A photo posted by alyssa (@kstewvi) on
But Doremus doesn’t quite pay it back, bypassing Stewart for her co-star Nicholas Hoult.
An example of pointing done right: host Jessi Cruickshank acknowledges that she’s in the presence of Sarah Silverman (who apparently wants to eat the point).
Jake Gyllenhaal offers an unrequited point to director Jean-Marc Vallée.
#JakeGyllenhaal and director #JeanMarcVallee #BTS at the #TIFF Opening Night Gala of #DemolitionMovie @marabuxbaum A photo posted by ID (@teamid) on
Here (in the lower left shot), Michael Shannon goes for something a little more overtly obvious with Ellen Page.
Premiere of Freeheld with Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, and Michael Shannon. #TIFF15 A photo posted by Aido Potato (@aidann93) on
This producer gives a red-carpet point to Lost Girl star Rachel Skarsten.
A stone-faced Waris Ahluwalia doesn’t deter these Beeba Boys producers from a double-point.
When one runs into Common, one points at Common.
No big deal, just played for one of my favorite artists ever! @common @lovesusnot #tiff2015 #itzsoweezee #breakdancer A photo posted by techtwelve (@techtwelve) on
Mr. Will Wong doesn’t mess around with his celeb points—especially when he gets a photo op with child star Jake Tremblay.
Or Christopher Abbott:
With #JamesWhite star #ChristopherAbott. #TIFF15 #TIFF #TorontoFilmFestival #TIFF40 #NikonD3300 A photo posted by Mr. Will Wong (@mrwillwong) on
And finally, the supremely generous Johnny Depp bestows a point upon a lowly fan.
#JohnnyDepp chegando na coletiva de imprensa do filme #AliançadoCrime no festival de cinema de Toronto (14/09/2015). #tiff2015 #BlackMass A photo posted by DEPPLOVERS (@blogdepplovers) on