Nicole Kidman apparently claps like a madwoman, or the Grinch

Emma Stone at The 89th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood

I find it odd sometimes to see what catches fire on social media. This is a prime example! I thought everything about Nicole Kidman was rather blah at the Oscars, from her nothingburger Armani gown to her fried hair to her overly groomed husband. But Nicole did something at the Oscars which ended up becoming a major thing. She clapped. She clapped like a crazy person. During one of the standing ovations – I think the early one for Meryl Streep? – the camera cut to Nicole clapping like a madwoman.

It’s sort of funny. I’ve seen women do that when they have a fresh coat of nail polish, or perhaps they’ve just tips done, something like that. Some Twitter people suspect that Nicole was clapping that way because of all of her rings and jewelry, that she was trying to avoid clanging some big rings together or something. Of course, other people theorize that Kidman is going Full Grinch. You decide!

Emma Stone at The 89th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood

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  1. QueenEllisabet says:

    The animatronics was off

    • Esmom says:

      LMAO. Actually I thought her face looked way less jacked on Sunday than in the past. I didn’t mind her gown and styling at all. But her oddest accessory on the red carpet is her husband, they looked so comical together from a distance, like she had her middle school son, who spent HOURS on his hair, as her date.

      • GingerCrunch says:

        Hilarious and spot-on observation!

      • Margo S. says:


        I agree! I’ve noticed that lately she’s looking more like her old self. I think she got a better plastic surgeon. She’s looking great!

        And makes sense about the jewelry thing. She breaks it, she buys it. That jewelry is on loan and worth a hell of a lot of money.

      • arock says:

        Yes!! omg, the soul patch and flat iron need to go.

  2. JustME says:

    Wow, she has some long fingers.

  3. Missy says:

    I’d say she didn’t want to scratch up that jewelry…or the Botox has gone to her fingers lol

  4. Jayna says:

    I think Nicole was stunning. I loved her hair, makeup, and a beautiful gown from all angles on her. It was beautiful from the back. And Nichole’s face was small again, lips thinner again. Her old face was back.

    I thought she was a ten. I think she was clapping like that because of the jewelry, also.

    • Dtab says:

      Finally someone agrees with me…I am the same I thought she looked stunning 🙂

    • Twink says:

      Yeah, I noticed on Big Little Lies that her lips are very thin again and her face moves. I’m thinking all she ever did was a ton of injectables, never anything more invasive.

    • MamaHoneyBadger says:

      This reminds me of the John Lennon quote, “Would the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry.”

    • holly hobby says:

      This is the best she’s looked in a long while. She should keep it that way.

  5. Veronica says:

    I’ve clapped like that when I have large rings on, so I’d assume that’s why she was doing it. Still pretty funny, admittedly. On a fashion note, she can do so much better than this dress. It’s aggressively low key.

    • laulau says:

      I usually love Nicole on the red carpet but this was not good. just sort of there…
      I’ve also clapped like this to avoid that weird finger pain when two rings connect. I however have stubby fingers and I could only dream of long graceful digits. This display of clapping gone wrong, selfishly, gives me a laugh because no one would notice me doing this!

    • Neelyo says:

      All of the Supporting Actress nominees were phoning it in fashion wise. They knew they weren’t going to win so why make an effort? I don’t blame them.

    • Jayna says:

      I disagree. The detail in that gown is simply exquisite. I love it on her. When she turned, the back was so beautiful on her long back, since she’s so tall. The fit was perfection.

      • Veronica says:

        The beadwork is stunning and it is well fitted, but the color is a poor choice for her skin. I’m very fair skinned, and anything is beige just washes you out without a strong contrast. She was wise to go with a red lip, but this would have been a much better dress with a different color underlay.

  6. Whyme says:

    I agree with Lainey that it was the rings and also that you don’t want to look like you’re not supporting the person you’re clapping for so you do the hands up thing and land up looking like a walrus. Lol She was so sweet with the people coming through on the bus tour bit. And so was Ryan Gosling. Keith Urban took the video it was so cute. I would have wanted to sit between Octavia and Nicole that night and in front of Taraji. They looked like they were having so much fun.

  7. Den says:

    Those are some pretty large diamonds, I would be afraid to clap with them on too.

  8. M.A.F. says:

    There was another gif of her clapping and if you look, she has to adjust a ring on her thumb to keep it from slipping off.

  9. cali says:

    Sorry, no one sane claps like that. Jewellery and all.

  10. Linabear says:

    That dress! =O It is divine.

  11. SusanneToo says:

    trump is dying of jealousy looking at those hands.

  12. Adrien says:

    She had finger extensions. Anyone here watching Big Little Lies? The show is so good.

    • Louisa says:

      Yes! Love it. I just finished the book and am happy to see the show is following it so closely. Nicole is great in it, but I’m loving Reese Witherspoon who I normally can’t stand.

      • Twink says:

        I know, the show is making me like Reese and I’ve been a Reese hater for years. Arrrghhhh! I can’t wait until next episode even though I know what’s happen as I read the book a while ago.

    • crazydaisy says:

      Yes on Big Little Lies—I love the show, too! My initial take on the clapping technique was that it was strategic: stretching out fingers and tensing her arm muscles, to prevent any unsightly upper arm flapping—not that she has any flab on her upper arms (or anywhere).

    • chaine says:

      Yes, just watched Ep. 1 last night. Loved it!

  13. ell says:

    the clapping was probably because those are not her rings, so she didn’t want to ruin stuff she has to return.

    mostly i don’t understand why she wore that oatmeal dress.

    ETA: also why does no one tell keith that those highlights belong in the ’00.

  14. my3cents says:

    My god those hands are just Edward scissor hands!

  15. Laura says:

    I watched Big Little Lies and she’s so much prettier in motion than she is in still photos! I was surprised by how much prettier she was. Also, why does she insist on being a blond when she looks SO much better as a redhead? That shade of blond doesn’t do her any favors, imo.

    • Jayna says:

      Nicole is completely gray, and has been for many years. The blonde is just easier to blend in and not so time intensive trying to keep up, like red would be with the gray showing up within weeks.

  16. bobslaw says:

    When in doubt, opera clap!

  17. CityGirl says:

    I thought she looked great – dress, botox, everything. I think the funky clapping was all about the jewelry. Did you see the size of that rock on her finger?

  18. Aqua says:

    Some people just have to have something stupid to complain about.

  19. Konspiracytheory says:

    I think she was clapping that way because of the rings, but it looked ‘odd’ because she clearly has long, very hypermobile fingers.

  20. Jerkface says:

    I wear lots of big funky cocktail rings and in order to not bang them together I end up clapping like that. I like to decorate my birds before I flip them, which I do more than clap hahaha.

    I know people who live near their Nashville place and they all said she is very nice. She looks fine to me.

  21. Lex says:

    I assumed it was because it’s a long night of clapping… my hands get sore from too much clapping hahah

    So dont look rude by not clapping but don’t actually touch hands