I’m back for a second installment of the UPROXX year-end GIF recap. Just like last year’s, this collection is simultaneously definitive and subjective, and, seeing as how we’ve just experienced The Year of the GIF, couldn’t be more open for criticism. The only we can all agree on: hard “g” or GTFO.
With the animated format taking over the world (wide web) in 2012 you’ll find that many of the following entrants are GIF themes, as opposed to one-off images. That’s just how things work now. Brave new world and all. I’ve attempted to tackle them in semi-chronological order of how we discovered them throughout the year (nostalgia!) but since Emma Stone is the best — and it was also kind of her year — and her contribution couldn’t be more apropos, she gets top billing.
Glaring omissions and comments regarding how much I suck at this welcome in the comments.
When an unsuspecting grandmother chose the exact moment ESPN cameras panned over David Robinson to stand up she became GIF Bomb Lady and served as Tumblr muse for roughly a week and a half, inspiring all sorts of incredible variations.
Kurp is the only person who watched the VMAs but luckily he did because otherwise we would have never known about this suggestive-yet-ambiguous moment shared between Rihanna and Katy Perry.
Pretty sure these came into play when landing Lizzy Caplan.
Hologram Tupac was the GIF that kept on GIF-ing after he made his debut at Coachella in April.
And the world was never quite the same. You may want to scroll by this one quickly for various reasons.
It’s virtually impossible to select a single Ron Swanson GIF from 2012 but it would also be an Emmy-level snub not to include at least one, so I’ve selected some of his truest words of wisdom.
When the first Django Unchained trailer hit the web in June one moment in particular stuck out.
Encompassing everything that is McConaughey acting and Film Drunk’s Oscar campaign in a single GIF.
In the leading man department, 2012 was indeed the year of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Olympic lulz fever ran rampant on the internet this summer and here’s the best GIF of all. No one denies this.
Step 1: Combine two dancing GIF trends you already enjoy. Step 2: Add a dash of Britney. Step 3: Internet.
As CB put it, no explanation, just mesmerization.
No real context except it’s amazing and should be your reaction GIF to all surprising news.
When Olivia Wilde got handsy with herself for the sake of British comedy it threatened to break the internet and inspired us to research her other contributions to GIF culture. This will never be topped though.