Jackman appeared confused during Franco’s rambling acceptance speech for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.
People on social media quickly turned Jackman’s baffled expression into a meme:
People had a few theories on Jackman’s look. Some thought he was just shocked he lost to Franco instead one of the other nominees in the category: Steve Carell, Ansel Elgort or Daniel Kaluuya.
Others thought he was disappointed because of the years of work he put into the movie:
yeah I guess james franco is ok but have you seen hugh jackman singing and dancing, putting his whole soul into the greatest showman which he worked on for 7 years total, that shit’s breathtaking bro
— nicole (@lokilaufeysoon) January 8, 2018
Some speculated that Jackman was just dismayed by Franco taking away the real Tommy Wiseau’s Golden Globes moment:
He’s just amazed at the treasure that is Tommy Wiseau
— 🇺🇸Zod 2020🇬🇧 (@StormWall82) January 8, 2018
Hugh jackman’s face when james franco blocked tommy wiseau from the mic is my entire feeling on academy awards shows.
— c o r p s e (@VaporShibe) January 8, 2018