Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Angelina Jolie at the Oscars: The Leg That Roared

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Angelina Jolie at the Oscars: The Leg That Roared

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There's going out on a limb, and there's your limb going out. Or you putting out your limb. Angelina Jolie did, and now it's leg- endary.

Ms. Jolie put out her right leg repeatedly before and during Sunday's Academy Award presentations, and it instantly became an object for satire and sharing. Funny guy Jim Rash, one of the recipients of the best adapted screenplay Oscar, struck a Joliesque pose onstage in his tux.

Now, it has become an Internet meme -- with a Twitter account: AngiesRightLeg. One tweet: "Left leg and I talked -- everything's cool. Next Oscars, she gets the slit." One writer, Rob Kutner, tweeted: "BREAKING: Fake Twitter account AngiesRightLeg given $9 kajillion book advance, CBS series that's already been pre- canceled."

Twitter reported a spike during Ms. Jolie's legfest of about 3,400 tweets per second, but that was dwarfed by Cirque du Soleil, whose aerial ballet drew traffic in excess of 18,000 per second.

By Monday, a new word had been created: legbombing. …

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