Award shows are entertaining because of their uncertainty, but one thing has become as sure as the sun: at least one hilarious celebrity reaction face will forever be immortalized in a meme. At the 2018 Golden Globes, Dakota Johnson watching Angelina Jolie probably not watching Jennifer Aniston is that meme. Of course, this isn't the first time Jolie has been the subject of the internet's collective glee (see: Angelina's Right Leg at the 2012 Oscars). This year, however, it was Jolie's eyes, not her right leg, that everyone — including Dakota Johnson — was paying attention to.
In case you've been off the grid for the last 24 hours, here's what went down: A few days ago, it was announced that Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston — who have been pitted against each other by the press since 2005 — would both be presenters at the 2018 Golden Globes. According to Us Weekly, Jolie and Aniston have not been spotted at the same event since the 2015 Critics Choice Awards, so naturally, spectators from both #TeamJolie and #TeamAniston were eager to see how the night would play out.
Aniston took the stage to present two awards alongside Carol Burnett, and an eagle-eyed Instagram account called @obviousbutamazing caught the moment that the camera panned to the table directly in front of Aniston's sight line. Sitting at that table were Dakota Johnson and Angelina Jolie — the former, trying to sneakily catch a reaction from the latter. Jolie appeared to intentionally avert her eyes from the stage entirely. Then, the crowd gave Burnett a standing ovation, which meant that Jolie rose from her seat, clap with aplomb, and pay attention to Aniston's general vicinity. It was both awkward and amazing, and Twitter is absolutely living for it.
While there have been many words (including, but not limited to: epic, powerful, awkward) used by many people in describing the moment Dakota Johnson caught Angelina Jolie ignoring Jennifer Aniston on stage, the general consensus on Twitter is basically, "Same, girl. Same." Johnson, a celebrity with celebrity parents (Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson), appeared to be just as interested (if not more so) as the rest of us normal, non-celebrities, in the alleged decade-long rumored feud between Aniston and Jolie. But while all of us normal, non-celebrities got to keep our eyes peeled for clues about any existing drama from the comfort of our couches, Johnson had a (literal) front-row seat — how could she not not look?
This candid moment clearly made it easy for everyone to let their imaginations run wild; but, of course, none of us really know what went down between Jolie and Aniston in the past. At the very least, we know that (according to a 2008 interview with Vogue) Aniston once called Jolie "uncool" for revealing details about her alleged on-set affair with Aniston's then-husband Brad Pitt. Beyond that, neither Aniston nor Jolie has said much of anything about the other to the press. Flash-forward to 2015, though, and when Entertainment Tonight broached the subject of their rumored feud by way of mentioning Unbroken (which Jolie directed), Aniston was perfectly pleasant.
Unbroken is so beautiful and wonderful and [Jolie] did such a gorgeous job, and I think it's time people stop with that petty B.S. and start celebrating great work and stop with the petty kind of silliness.
"It's just tiresome and old," Aniston went on to say about the public's interest in their rumored beef. "It's like an old leather shoe."
Eventually, the "Dakota Johnson watching Angelina Jolie not watching Jennifer Aniston" meme will also become tiresome and old, but that day is not today. And it probably won't be tomorrow. So until that day finally comes, we can all take comfort in remembering that stars (Dakota Johnson, specifically) are interested in same thing as us.