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

Jennifer Lawrence arrives for the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 24, 2013

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updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET

originally published 01/17/2014 AT 5:30 PM ET

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.

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



The Waitress



The Beer Can



The Low-Hang



The Baseball Bat

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

The Bellyful

It’s a tough one.

It’s never flattering.

And it almost always requires the help of a partner.

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

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



The King Kong



The Happy Pallbearer



The Trade-up


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:


Now that’s a poser who needs no guide.

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