Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t really care about his Tony Award loss.
The actor went viral after hardly reacting to Brandon Uranowitz’s win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play on Sunday night.
When the result was announced, the 74-year-old’s face did not change, and he appeared unimpressed in his seat.
The “August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson” star stopped before joining his fellow nominees in applause.
As Jackson’s puzzled expression became viral on social media, Twitter users mocked the situation.
“Samuel L. Jackson’s face took me all the way out,” one person said. “He looks like he knew he wasn’t getting that Tony.”
Another fan surmised, “Wow, Samuel L. Jackson DOESN’T WANT TO BE AT THE TONYS.”
Many fans commented that the “Snakes on a Plane” star Brandon Uranowitz “should’ve won that Tony Award,” with one saying, “Imagine pretending that Brandon Uranowitz did a better job at acting in ANY role than Samuel L. Jackson playing in an August DAMN Wilson play!” Well, the Tony Awards did just that.”
Others merely found his dissatisfied expression amusing, remarking, “Oh my God Samuel L. Jackson’s face.”
This was Jackson’s first nomination. The “Pulp Fiction” star marked the occasion by walking the red carpet with his wife, director LaTanya Richardson.
Later in the program, the couple presented the award for Best Play, with Jackson humorously referring to himself as “Samuel L. ‘It’s an honor to be nominated’ Jackson.'”
Uranowitz, 36, was nominated for three Tony Awards before winning the award for “Leopoldstadt” this year.
Arian Moayed for “A Doll’s House,” Jordan Cooper for “Ain’t No Mo’,” and David Zayas for “Cost of Living” were among the other nominations in his and Jackson’s category.