Vanity Fair – The 2014 Hollywood Issue

Posted on February 03, 2014

Vanity Fair’s 2014 Hollywood issue has a cover slightly different from years past. Can you spot it, darlings?

Vanity Fair Magazine  –  The 2014 Hollywood Issue: Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), as well as Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), George Clooney (Gravity), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Chadwick Boseman (42), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color). Photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

Anything coming to mind?

We’ll say it: color. As in, “People of.” We don’t think we’ve ever seen so many black people on a Vanity Fair cover at one time. It’s refreshing, no? Let’s zoom in a little and get all judgey.

Idris and Chiwetel seem somewhat hilariously unimpressed with Julia’s vamping and camera hogging. If we didn’t know better, we’d swear Annie Leibovitz set her up to be hated by half the women on the internet with this shot. George looks like he was pasted in from another picture entirely.

This is clearly the Very, Very Pretty section of the cover and even then, Lupita stands out. Hell, she owns the entire picture, from where we’re sitting. Michael B, though … we’ve seen better pictures of him.

Chadwick’s all, “Hey, I don’t know what’s up with these cranky ladies, but I’m having a blast.”

In the Unfortunate Facial Expression contest, it’s a tossup between Michael B Jordan’s, “”Scuse me. Just burped.” face, Brie’s “Could we get this over with? I have a splitting headache” face, or Lea’s “Everyone in this room is going to die” face.

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair Magazine]

    • Rand Ortega

      Suddenly I hate Julia Roberts unreasonably for being so FUCKING LUCKY! Why can’t I have a job where I get to sit on Idris Elba’s lap? Whhhhyyyy?

      • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

        Yeah, Julia. Get off him.

        • Alloy Jane

          That’s very polite of you. I was thinking more along the lines of “MOVE YOU SMUG BITCH! TAKE YOUR NAKED ASS SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!” I extra dislike her now.

      • Anna

        I like to think that that smile is painfully forced. Similar to a family photo where you’re forced to have a creepy relative’s arm around you. And I’m photo-assuming from his lean away from her that he wants her off his lap.

        • http://logical-insnaity.com/ elizonthelam

          I like how the chair arm his elbow is resting on has been disappeared.

          • MartyBellerMask

            Now it looks like he’s giving Clooney a knowing jab with his elbow.

            • formerlyAnon

              I was thinking he was leaning in, to convey that as soon as the shoot was over, they ditch their fancy duds and the ladies and meet up at the usual. For the usual.

              The near certainty that they were photoshopped into the picture and not photographed together ruins *that* little reverie, though.

            • MartyBellerMask

              It always says in the magazine when and where the photos were taken. So it’s easy enough to find out if Clooney was ‘shopped in. That is, easy enough if you have a copy of the magazine and don’t mind flipping through 100′s of pages of ads to find the photo credits…

            • formerlyAnon

              I [temporarily] love you! I did not know that and I am sadly addicted to proving or disproving the things I wonder about, especially if finding out has no actual value except to satisfy my curiosity. I will be paging through at the checkout stand, hunting photo credits.

      • LJCdoc

        Yeah, at least now there’s a basis for unreasonable hatred of Julia Roberts.

        • AnaRoW

          There’s always been a basis for unreasonable hatred of Julia Roberts.

    • Sylvia

      Ejiofor and Clooney, excuse me I think I require new knickers stat.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      I want to eat lunch at the middle table where people seem to enjoy having their picture taken.

    • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

      The two boob-showing ladies on C3 look like they know they drew the short straw. Meanwhile, Lupita is all you can look at on C2!

      • Clash D

        Naomi’s giving her a run for her money though. Love them both.

    • Scimommy

      Julia Roberts looks VERY, VERY HAPPY, and can you blame her? In other news, is Lupita physically incapable of looking bad?

      • Sylvia

        Lupita is perfection in every shot, I’m fairly sure she’s actually a goddess.

      • UsedtobeEP

        I agree. She looks tickled to be there. And well, who wouldn’t be??

    • Miss_Led

      George Clooney likely IS pasted in…typically many of these shots are taken in different places and then photoshopped together.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        If you look closely, you can see there is a right arm to Idris’s chair but there isn’t a left arm, even though his elbow was clearly perched on it originally.

      • Kate Andrews

        I agree — how hard must it be to get all of those folks in the room at the same time? Like herding famous cats.

    • prettyinmink

      Crawling out of lurkdom to proclaim “Lupita is a Goddess!” She looks the most comfortable and composed out of all the ladystars!

      • Tatiana Luján

        Naomie looks fierce.

        • prettyinmink

          Naomie looks beautiful but still looks like she’s trying. For Lupita it is effortless.

    • TrixieConQueso

      Fishnets are your friend.

    • Tatiana Luján

      Chiwetel Ejiofor is so likeable!

      Lupita and Naomie look stunning. Margot Robbie is incredibly beautiful, but looks washed out in that dress. I love Brie’s expression. Lea Seydoux looks a bit like Kate Moss’ relative.
      If I were in that picture, I would look as happy as Julia Roberts.

    • Anna

      About goddamn time, Vanity Fair. However, all I’m getting from it despite Julia’s attention-whoring is: I am Lupita, Queen of the Academy Awards. Kneel before me.

      • gabbilevy

        I actually cheered out loud when I saw this earlier.

        • Anna

          There’s a lot of pretty, pretty people on this cover to be sure, but my eyes just can’t help but focus on her.

          • irielle

            I didn’t think it came off as flippant or insensitive. I thought it was more celebratory. Lupita is very, very majestic in this.

      • Sobaika

        We live in a world where VANITY FAIR more readily acknowledges the contributions of people of color than the Academy Awards. Let’s just let that sink in.

        • SpillinTea

          Soul crushing comment of the day…damn. :

        • Alloy Jane

          And as someone somewhere else on the internet mentioned, the only woman on the cover is barely wearing clothes. So yeah, moving slowly but at least moving.

          • Sobaika

            Julia? She doesn’t look underdressed to me. Seydoux, on the other hand…

            • Alloy Jane

              Lea’s dress isn’t actually sheer, it’s just lined with something flesh-colored. So she just looks naked. Julia, on the other hand, is not wearing pants. From this angle she also looks shirtless. No shirt no pants = underdressed to me. If they were gonna ditch the pants on anyone, it should have been Idris. Hell, just strip him naked and paint him gold.

        • AnaRoW

          I subscribed to VF for years. Every once in a while they’ll take a step forward while the Academy’s always been a step or two behind the times.

          I am so thrilled to see two actors from “The Wire” on the cover. I was afraid that most of the actors would get relegated to endless appearances on assorted versions of Law & Order after the show went off the air but so many of them are really doing well.

          • Sobaika

            Hah. I unsubscribed to Vanity Fair specifically because of their cover fuckery.

            • ana170

              I was thinking more about content than the cover but I get what you’re saying. VF does like it’s cover controversies. I like to think I help along Premiere magazine’s demise. They sent out a 10th anniversary issue with a picture of Tom Hanks, Denzel, and Julia on the cover. That was the first time ever that they had an actor on the cover and he had to share. I was done.

          • Sobaika

            Unrelated to this topic, but I am gaining a new appreciation for Vanity Fair based on their coverage of the Woody Allen fuckery.

      • Simply Red

        She LOOKS like the Oscar statue!!! She’s the Oscar personified!!

    • Agent Sculder

      Julia Roberts is one lucky bitch! And from the grin plastered all over her face, she knows it!

    • http://recapscallion.blogspot.com/ Claire

      Excuse me while I print this out and glue my own face over Julia’s and put it in my dream scrapbook. Also I love Lea Seydoux’s death glare.

      • Lower L

        My explanation for the death glare is that she’s mad everyone else got to wear non-transparent clothing.

        • http://recapscallion.blogspot.com/ Claire

          Or maybe she’s just mad that she didn’t get to be in the Ejiofor-Elba sandwich. I know I would be.

          • Anna

            Mmmm, Ejiofor-Elba sandwich….

            I’ll have a standing order of that.

      • BKagainwiththesweatpants

        Julia is smiling because Idris is wearing a bowtie, and y’all know what happens when he wears a bowtie. I seem to have come down with a case of the vapors. Excuse please.

    • MilaXX

      Comments are back!
      I wish they had swapped Lupita or Naomi, but I understand there are still folks who like her. I’m going to buy this issue. Well done Vanity Fair! I’m not even gonna complain about some of the weird facial expressions on some.

      • UsedtobeEP

        It is a little unbalanced—the big grins versus the come hithers.

      • The Counselor

        Or, instead of Julia, gone with the generally better-liked (seems to me, anyway) Sandra Bullock, if they were insistent on having a white lady there.

    • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

      Lupita should just be on every magazine cover, all the time, wearing anything, she’s that good. Genetically blessed from top to toe.

    • Lilak

      Re Leibovitz/Roberts conspiracy theory: I’d say it’s more like 90% than 50%, if you add those who are envious of JR’s positioning and those who are sick to death of her vamping and camera-hogging (and that’s 90% even allowing for some overlap in the two populations).

      In other, happier news: Thankfully, Miss Lupita has been dressed (and centered) as the goddess she is.

    • Rand Ortega

      Can’t stop staring at Lupita. She’s unreal she’s so gorgeous. Margot Robbie ain’t no slouch, either. Everyone here is beautiful, make no mistake. But Lupita & Margot (& Idris with that awesome sexy twinkle) really have that “IT” factor going for days.

    • clatie

      I hate these types of pictures. The TRYING is painful to behold.

    • Sophie

      Julia Roberts is the only one of the women who is not wearing a dress, so she probably seized the occasion to sit on Idris Elba’s lap to keep warm. And since Léa Seydoux is the only one wearing a see-through dress, maybe she only wants to kill the stylist?
      Why, why isn’t Michael B. Jordan smiling? I love seeing him smile.

    • Danielle

      Petition to recast the Oscar statue in Lupita’s likeness.

      • Rand Ortega

        2nd!

      • Scimommy

        How many upvotes do we need to make this happen?

        • http://myriameron.blogspot.com/ Heron

          According to the White House petition rules, 100,000 forces an official response.

          We can do that.

      • formerlyAnon

        Brilliant, but I fear somewhat dispiriting for all the actresses accepting a little shiny statue with a better figure and posture than all their efforts could produce.

    • marlie

      I LOVE this just for the diversity on the cover. LOVE. Plus, there’s a nice(er) age range represented. I’m not loving the brown(ish) color story, and I’m annoyed that Lea’s dress is sheer, but really, I like this a lot anyway.

      • tereliz

        Loving the things you loved, hating much of what you hated.

        REALLY hating that crappy, cheap-ass-looking canvas backdrop and ragged riser they’re all arranged on. Margot and Lea are leaning against a splintery crate in designer gowns, FFS. My eye goes straight to all the imperfections, especially the shadow caused by the break in the canvas. The way it ends so abruptly on the right makes Lea look like she’s sliding off the riser. Actually, the more I look at the angle of the crate (Margot looks like she’s clinging to the thing like Rose trying to stay afloat on a piece of Titanic wreckage) and the riser behind Lea, the more curved it looks, like an improperly stitched together pano. Tut tut. But I guess they thought no one would notice because, nipples?

        I get the desire for contrast—the high polish of the clothes compared with the totally unglamourous work that goes on behind the scenes—but this just looks ugly. I mean, all the gorgeous people help, but really, could you not do better by the current Hollywood Elite when selecting a backdrop?

        • marlie

          You said it so much better than I could. And you’re right… they could have told a lovely story with the the “hi-lo” contrast, with the beautiful clothes and the stark, rough background, but they failed in the execution.

    • Maddy

      Just want to take a moment to say that, despite looking like she has a splitting headache, I am SO HAPPY to see Brie Larson on this cover because Short Term 12 was easily my favorite movie of last year and her performance was a huge part of that. It totally got looked over during awards season, but I feel validated seeing it represented her next to all of the other films currently hogging the spotlight.

      • Kent Roby

        I’m going to have to do a double-movie catch-up night of “Short Term 12 Years A Slave”, perhaps following it up with “Blue Jasmine Is The Warmest Color” the next night!

    • lobsterlen

      Julia Roberts now has the honor of being No. 1 on my irrational hate list.

    • NMMagpie

      Lupita FTW. You cannot look anywhere else in this photo.

    • lbl

      It’s blatant as hell, but it’s a giant step up from past Hollywood issues so I applaud them for that. Still – and this is as much a call out to Hollywood as it is to Vanity Fair – looking at this picture just highlights how difficult it must be for a non-black POC in the entertainment industry. And that still upsets me.

      As for the photos themselves, accurate write-up is accurate. And these are really odd dress choices for the actresses. Where’s the cohesion?

      • kimmeister

        Right?! No Asian has won an acting Oscar since 1984. At least Ang Lee has done smashingly in the directing category.

      • Rand Ortega

        Amen.

    • jilly_d

      I’ll disagree on Julia – I think she looks fantastic and she’s flaunting the goods – those legs helped start her career in the first place, and they look great here.

      Now, on another plane entirely – CAN WE JUST. LUPITA……It’s not even fair. It’s bad enough that she is talented and humble, and has that face. But the body……that shit just does not stop. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Earth’s Finest Specimen.

      • Tatiana Luján

        I agree with you. Julia Roberts’ grin makes me smile. She’s got reason to be genuinely happy and I love that she shows it.

    • altalinda

      What jumped out at me is that the men get to look dashing in their tuxes, while the women are being sold for their bodies. I know, not new, but tired. Also, I wondered how that blonde seemed to have her own personal wind machine to blow back her hair.

      • snarkalicious

        Agreed. And to add, just noticed that Lea’s dress is completely SEE-THROUGH. Whatevs.

      • kayleymaybe

        I was just happy the women got to wear clothes this time!

      • kimmeister

        Yeah, as awesome as Lupita looks, they put her in a dress that shows off her abs through the fabric.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      It took some genus-level photography to get so many people who make a living in front of a camera to look SO AWKWARD at the same time. Even flawless Lupita looks stiff.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      I love that Julia appears to have no idea of how tacky she is dressed. (But great legs, lady! Credit where credit’s due.)

      • Anna

        The weird lady-tux/business suit/catering uniform seems to be her esthetic lately. I wouldn’t be surprised if she wore a hybrid of all three on Oscar night. She does have great legs though.

      • filmcricket

        The legendary Sue Mengers couldn’t understand why Julia wanted a body double in “Pretty Woman.” She was like, “If I had your body I’d walk naked down Hollywood Blvd.” JR’s always had a slammin’ figure and she still looks damn good. It’s her personality that grates.

    • TRSTL

      I’ll stand alone here, I actually really like Julia Roberts. She is talented, beautiful, outgoing and a tad brash, what’s not to like? And, she is looking fantastic here, the fishnets and suitcoat are a great cheeky look for her, pay a little homage to one of her breakout roles and show the gams. Lupita looks spectacular but also looks photoshopped into the picture, as I am sure several were.

      • SEPA_Q

        VF’s Hollywood issue usually has a photo-filled article about getting all the cover people together in one place. Perhaps this year is different, but I wouldn’t presume that anyone is photo-shopped into the picture. After the actual shoot, probably, but I tend to believe that they were all on set at the same time.

      • somebody blonde

        She has to be well-directed, IMO. If the director doesn’t keep an eye on it, she tends to go kind of angry, even in roles that don’t call for it.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Miss Lupita needs to borrow this dress for the Oscar after party.

      • Kent Roby

        Literally every known (and unknown) couture designer on the planet will throw their best work at her hoping that she picks them; she needn’t ever be seen wearing a gown twice.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          Oh sure, but this is the perfect “I got my Oscar so now I am dressed as one” dress.

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      LUPITA – THAT DRESS! OMG :)

      She is a golden goddess.. shutting.it.down..

    • sugarkane105

      Julia’s legs are a mile long.

    • Ruth Preston

      That’s the best Julia Roberts has looked in eons.

    • LeelaST

      Naomie and Jared for me.

    • Kate Andrews

      Well, there’s Idris. Hell-o! And Lupita wins for prettiest of all (plus, that dress is killer), Naomie’s dress is gorgeous too. Lea drew the short straw — I mean, that dress makes her look saggy. Poor thing.

    • KinoEye

      Nice all the way around. But Lupita OWNS it. She looks like she was caught in the middle of some rousing speech to all these other silly little people and how they’re not worthy to be in her presence. Of course she’d never say or think anything like that — she’s far too classy.

    • http://www.what-the-frock.com Dana WhatTheFrock

      I’m sort of feeling things about Jared Leto that I haven’t felt since 1994.

      • Imasewsure

        He definitely has that Interview With a Vampire hot sexy thing going… enjoy!!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          A remake of Interview with the Vampire with Jared would be one remake worth seeing, for me. Add Chris Hemsworth as Lestat, while I’m dreaming.

      • AvaLehra

        Same here! Actually scratch that — I was never on the Jordan Catalano bandwagon but grown Jared Leto is ringing my bell.

        • demidaemon

          Agreed.

    • StillGary

      WHo said this before she would agree to the shoot?
      “Don’t even try to pose me next to some 20-something bitch, and I’m the ONLY ONE with legs, capisce?”

      • Imasewsure

        Hey Ms J ain’t no dumb dumb… she looks great and she got to play with the cute boys… no wonder she is smiling (and so is her agent)!!

    • Kent Roby

      I’m so used to thinking of this cover as featuring “New Hollywood” (or break-through stars who have been around a bit); it seems odd to me to see Julia and George as part of this group. Incidentally, I’m getting young Marg Helgenberger and young Gretchen Mol from the last two ladies.

    • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

      If by “people of color,” you mean black and white people… Asians and Latinos, not to mention all the other types? Apparently not so much.

      (To be clear: It’s a long overdue step in the right direction. But it’s just one step.)

      • Darcy H

        This was exactly my reaction, cheering followed by “what are there no Asian or Latino actors in this business?”

    • SylviaFowler

      I think the Chiwetel/Julia/Idris shot is cute and they look like they’re having fun? I don’t have any particular feelings invested in any of those three people, so I think it’s more likely that you’re projecting some dislike of Julia on to it. I mean, Lea and Brie and Naomi all look more annoyed and/or constipated than Idris and Chiwetel do.

    • JauntyJohn

      Lupita is it. She is everything. She is all.
      On an unrelated note, I’m not quite following how Julia is “being an attention hog” or whatever. She’s famous for that smile and those legs, and she’s sitting on Idris’ lap. How is that not a reason to have a great big smile? And wouldn’t everyone be all bitchy if she was on his lap and she had serious face going?
      I’m just sayin’
      George is still every inch a movie star, no matter where you put him or what’s going on.
      (And I love Jared’s almost-crazy face. I’ll call it “intense” and leave it at that.)

      • Sly

        I agree, I don’t see attention hog at all, all I see is “I’m having tons of fun!”. Beautiful cover overall!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        As much as I envy Ms. Roberts for being on Mr. Elba’s lap, honey, if I were in her place I’d be grinning like an idiot….after drooling, etc.

    • kimmeister

      This is a totally random observation, but Brie’s facial expression is reminding me of Heath Ledger.

    • Kent Roby

      Aside: I recently found my Vanity Fair Hollywood issue from a hundred years ago, with young, skinny, fresh-faced, retro-fab Vince “Swingers” Vaughn on the cover.

    • Imasewsure

      I kind of love the Julia and her Boys shot and like the pretty people shot starting our luminous Lupita but the third shot is awful. Great shot of the lanky blond in the Jean Harlow dress… everyone else should demand a retake

    • boweryboy

      Lupita is the only person my eye is continually drawn to – her presence is that strong. I agree, she owns this picture.

      Although, I must say I saw 12 Years A Slave and even though I think she’s wonderful in it, her character is so underwritten (in my opinion) that it lessened the dramatic and emotional impact of her character’s tragedy.

      She definitely has star quality, and if she chooses the right roles (especially if she wins an Oscar) she’s going to become a major movie star.

      • livesarah

        Let’s hope there are great roles for her to choose from. Black actors in Hollywood nearly always get the ‘black role’, because roles are almost always written to a colour. They can’t just be people.

        • boweryboy

          You make a very valid point.

    • editrixie

      My first thought was “why is Idris Elba clutching Julia Roberts WHYYYYYY?” My second thought was “look at all these glorious people of color.” What a refreshing change.

    • deitybox

      So they obviously dressed Lupita as an Oscar, yes?

    • Judy_J

      George Clooney (who I love) looks like one of those cardboard cutouts people pose with. Seriously. Lupita’s dress looks like liquid gold….she is just stunning.

    • titaness25

      Lupita is an actual oscar. All golden and statuesque (see what I did there) and she looks like Glory.

      • boweryboy

        Yes. Maybe someone is in the know and is telling us something…

    • Matthew Davie

      Is it just me or is the Photoshopping getting a little obvious? Maybe I’m getting better at spotting it, but to me it’s impossible to believe this image is the result of a single shutter click or even one group photo session. Everyone looks a little….off. LIke aliens wearing almost-but-not-quite convincing human costumes.

      • scoobynacks

        To me it looks like Naomie Harris took the original picture naked and they photoshopped the dress onto her body. Seriously, it looks so fake I find it hard to believe she wore that during the shoot. They messed with it so much it looks like a computer put it on her in post. Maybe she wore something else, and afterwards they didn’t like it and really DID put it on her in post.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I can’t help but love the fact that Lupita is dressed like an Oscar, I hope it’s a good omen.

    • Trickytrisha

      Crop George out of the pic with Julia and the two gorgeous men and I’d be ready for my bunk.

    • Murtada

      In 1998 Cate Blanchett was also on the 2nd fold of Vanity Fair’s Hollywood cover like Lupita Nyong’o this year. In fact they have the same pose. Let’s hope the career follows the pose.

      • scoobynacks

        Except Cate lost the Oscar that year. Our darling Lupita must be victorious.

    • Dagney

      Hmmmm. Julia Roberts? Why? But overall, YAY, adult men and women, styled to look like adult men and women. Gracias, VF, the covers with adult (only white) women styled to look like 12 year old girls get mildly tiresome.

    • Levin Chin

      Lupita has come dressed AS an Oscar!

    • stubbornthoughts

      It bothers me slightly that Lupita isn’t more involved with the others in this picture. It’s as if two pictures were taken and then one of Lupita, which connects the other two. Mind you, she looks AMAZING, just not like she was part of the shoot. I’d love to see more personality in all of them! Except Julia, Idris, and Chiwetel, who all seem like they’re having a blast. I like that!

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Lupita FTW. Everyone else can just go home.

    • ailujailuj

      I don’t understand why julia roberts is in this photograph.

    • http://kittysdrawings.com Esz

      I get the impression that Annie and her helpers must set up the stars by telling them to sit, and then tweaking each finger and hair and toe and fold of fabric into place with a pair of tweezers and then saying “DONT MOVE A MUSCLE” *snap snap snap*.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      I wish men would dress like this more often.

    • Molly Lopez

      Yeah!!! more black actors recognized and on esteemed magazine covers!!

    • twigg

      Brie’s head doesn’t match her body. Composite from another shot?

    • Jaeda Laurez

      Lupita looking like straight cash. I LOVE IT.

    • SophieCollier

      LUPIIIIITAAAAA!!!! She’s posed so regally and spaced so perfectly to present her as a goddess surrounded by her devotees. Heh. Love this photo (well, except for the three bored chicks on the right.)

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Well, I”ll just chime in with the completely unoriginal observation that the biggest problem is that Julia Roberts is sitting on Idris’ lap instead of me.
      Lupita, as always, looks utterly fabulous.

    • Candigirl1968

      I haven’t seen this many people of color in a year of Vanity Fair covers. I don’t know whether to be happy or whether to be suspicious that this is the bone I am being thrown for all of 2014.

    • quiltrx

      I know no one seems to like his look these days, but I’m going to give a shout-out to Leto here…”longhair blue steel” isn’t seen often enough!

    • deltabronze

      It looks like Idris’s tux was partially whited out so Julia’s jacket could show some shape. And where is Chadwick’s right hand?

    • scoobynacks

      Margot Robbie is such a Hitchcock blonde. Love her. I could do with a Princess Grace-inspired photo shoot. I honestly think Margot could’ve played her in the movie. Grace was 33 when the movie Grace of Monaco was set if what I googled is right. If Jennifer Lawrence can play mid-30s a few times, Margot could do 33.

    • Claudia

      I remember when Margot was just Donna from Neighbours… Makes me feel all proud for her!

    • MannahattaMamma

      other difference? the woman are mostly dressed instead of half-naked. Usually these covers are female=nakedish, male=clothed

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Lea Seydoux reminds me of Claire Danes in the My So-Called Life years.

    • Sunraya

      I am so tired of Annie Liebovitz. Definitely a case of resting on her laurels.

    • CeeRich

      Finally! It’s refreshing to see such a diverse cover. Lupita looks like the Oscar she is sure to win. Fabulous. (Julia will be getting death threats for sitting on Idris in 3,2,1….)

    • fursa_saida

      OH MY GOD.

      • Nicholas

        I hope you were sitting down with nothing in your mouth at the time of beholding the glory.

        • fursa_saida

          Oh man. I didn’t see this till today, so I didn’t realize what you were referring to, and let me tell you, there are a LOT of directions to take this in.

    • acevedob

      Great cover.

    • CatherineRhodes

      They’re mostly all shot separately and photoshopped together into one picture, which means there is zero chemistry or interaction between the actors.

    • SarahMT20

      I like the diversity in this shot. Vanity Fair is finally learning, but why are all of the men in full formal white tie while the women are in sheer, low-cut, or count-every-part-of-the-six-pack outfits. Lea, in particular, is just wearing a fully sheer dress with black criss-crosses. They are beautiful, definitely, but the women seem like accessories for the men in this shot.

      • RectPropagation

        “Lea, in particular, is just wearing a fully sheer dress with black criss-crosses.”

        That was the only one I took issue with because it just looks bad. That dress is some serious “one of these things is not like the others”. I don’t think Brie’s slouching was a good idea either. Now that you point it out, Julia does look rather casual compared to everyone else. I guess they figured it didn’t matter because she was on the cover with only guys. Hmmmm…

    • Kelly

      As long as we’re having diversity, it would be nice to see a little age diversity, too. Even if you require that everyone be pretty, Mr. Clooney is not the only pretty, active actor over 50. I know you can’t possibly represent every group in a shot like this, but as long as we’re being all judgey and everything. . . Still, they all do look wonderful. I’ll even excuse the gratuitous nips.

      • RectPropagation

        As long as we’re being picky: older, younger, Latin@, Asian, disabled, and plus-size representation wouldn’t hurt them either.

        it says a lot about the magazine industry that this kind of cover is noteworthy in the first place. True, you aren’t going to be able to represent every group in one shot but that wouldn’t be an issue if it wasn’t so rare to see any kind of diversity the cover the rest of the year. Hopefully this is the start of a trend in the right direction.

    • Perigee

      Kind of want Jared and Lea to breed and make craziest-eyed baby the world has ever known.

      Other than that, meh.

    • ojosazules

      “Are the stars out tonight? I don’t know if it’s cloudy or bright. I only have eyes for you…” and Edris.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Oh my.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      I have never wanted to be Julia Roberts as much as I want to be Julia Roberts in that picture. sigh…
      And you can’t hate on her too much – at least she’s smiling.
      That Jared Leto sure gives good face.

    • DesertDweller79

      OMG, Idris Elba is on the cover of Vanity Fair! Woooo! Damn, he looks so hot here. Even while leaning on an invisible chair arm.

    • fooepi

      Lupita’s abs! Naomie is so awesome. Anyone see her in Ninja Assassin?

    • Fred Vaughn

      Lupita almost glows here compared to everybody else…