I’m so used to seeing Oprah Winfrey giving tons of high-energy excitement on the cover of O Magazine, that it’s a little weird to see her working such drabness on the cover of Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood Issue. I know the theme of ever Hollywood Issue “Stars who forgot to pop an Ambien the night before and only got 2 hours of sleep,” and I’ll applaud Oprah for playing along. But you know there’s a part of her that wanted to drop Reese Witherspoon, rip off that black satin duvet cover to reveal a shimmering jewel-toned gown underneath, throw up her arms and crank a full-tooth smile behind a headline that reads “2018 Is Your Year To SHINE!”
This year, Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue is all about this “one momentous year” (as noted on the cover). Vanity Fair is kind of all over the place with what makes a momentous year. Annie Leibovitz shot Oprah and Reese (A Wrinkle in Time), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies), Tom Hanks (The Post), Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther), Zendaya (The Greatest Showman), Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), Claire Foy (The Crown), Michael Shannon (The Hot Fish Movie), Harrison Ford (Blade Runner 2049), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Graydon Carter (formerly of Vanity Fair), and Robert De Niro (The Irishman). All of which are in various states of leaning on shit in what appears to be an attempt to keep themselves upright and alert-looking.
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) January 25, 2018
Vanity Fair says they were going for 12 of film and TV’s most iconic actors (and Graydon Carter). What I see is 12 people dressed up in extremely formal outfits, and Harrison Ford looking like he stopped by on his way to Craig’s for dinner with Calista. Open shirt, single button on his jacket, face that says “Wanna take a ride in my plane?” Oh no, don’t tell me that midlife crisis earring is back in his life!
Pic: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair