Let's take a moment to enjoy the hilarious clapping of Nicole Kidman at the Oscars
Hollywood star Nicole Kidman whose hands, not pictured, caused great hilarity at the Oscars (Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Amid the shock and awe produced at the 2017 Oscars, audience member Nicole Kidman provided a great deal much-needed light relief.

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‘How did she do this?’ we hear you ask. ‘Nicole’s a little austere for an Australian. Is she a natural comedienne? How could she have been funnier than Mean Tweets?’

Well, dear readers, here is what happened.

She tried to clap, and failed. Brilliantly.

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Yes, it seems 49-year-old Nicole, who was nominated for her role in Lion but lost out to Viola Davis, is handiclapped.

Her husband Keith Urban, standing to her right, seemed to have no such problem — though interestingly, he turned well away from Nicole while she was clapping. Scared?

Viewers were comparing her to a seal, but we think a more apt comparison would be a wind-up cymbal-banging monkey toy. Maybe it’s the dead eyes.

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In any case, the Stepford Wives star has clearly given away her secret status as an automaton.

Other theories about the clappening have emerged online too.

Nicole, we love your work, but you’re so much better with your arms by your side.

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