PEOPLE's Guide to Posing Like a Boss During Oscars Season

UPDATED 02/27/2014 at 10:40 AM EST Originally published 01/17/2014 at 05:30 PM EST

Oscar Photos: Our Definitive Guide to Posing with Your Trophies
Jennifer Lawrence arrives for the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 24, 2013
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With Sunday's Oscars, the 2014 awards season reaches its climax. It's been a long road, filled with a lot of celebrities posing with a lot of pictures with a lot of trophies.

But what's the best way to pose with these awards? That's where we come in.

In advance of the 2014 Academy Awards on Sunday, we suggest the many nominees take a gander at these tips, so they won't be caught in a compromising position at the post-presentation podium.

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Audrey Hepburn holds the Oscar she won for Roman Holiday in 1954

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Let's begin with a little history lesson. Though it seems to us an ancient art form, the practice of posing with trophies wasn't formally invented until the 1950s. (See this photo from the first Oscars ceremony for proof.) It took Audrey Hepburn at the 1954 Oscars to realize that it was possible for a star to hold his or her statuette in such a way that emphasized the iconic power of both actor and award. From there, a craft was born.

In the 60 years since, there have been as many ways to pose with an award as there are aspiring actors in Hollywood, but tradition proves you can never go wrong with one of these five standard poses:

The High-School Diploma

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Elisabeth Moss poses in the press room during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 12, 2014

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The Waitress

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Melissa Leo poses in the press room at the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 22, 2013

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The Beer Can

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Matthew McConaughey poses in the press room during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 12, 2014

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The Low-Hang

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Amy Poehler poses in the press room during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 12, 2014

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The Baseball Bat

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses in the press room at the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 22, 2013

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But what happens if you win more than one? Well, then you're basically forced to go with one standard move:

The Bellyful

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Sandra Bullock poses in the press room at the 40th Annual People's Choice Awards on January 8, 2014

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It's a tough one.

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Walt Disney laughs while struggling to hold four Oscar statuettes simultaneously circa 1954

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It's never flattering.

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Justin Timberlake poses in the press room at The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards on January 8, 2014

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And it almost always requires the help of a partner.

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Adele attends the 54th Annual Grammy Awards Media Center on February 12, 2012

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But on the plus side, you can carry a whole lot of awards at once.

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Taylor Swift drops one of her awards during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 31, 2010

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But in general, you'll never go wrong if you just have fun with it. If you're feeling wacky, take these out for a spin:

The Rocky

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Bryan Cranston poses in the press room during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 12, 2014

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The King Kong

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Jared Leto attends the InStyle and Warner Bros. 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party on January 12, 2014

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The Happy Pallbearer

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Robin Wright poses in the press room during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 12, 2014

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The Trade-up

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Meryl Streep poses in the press room at the 84th Annual Academy Award on February 26, 2012

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But when it comes to true weirdness, nothing comes close to Robert Downey Jr.

Yes, while we were all distracted by flying aliens and billion-dollar box-office receipts, Iron Man quietly became the best trophy-poser in the game to date. If you want to make a true impression on the photo line, you can't go wrong stealing a few pages from RDJ's book:

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Robert Downey Jr. participates at the 39th Annual People's Choice Awards on January 9, 2013

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Now that's a poser who needs no guide.



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