This might be the only photo in existence where it’s okay that perennially cool Samuel L. Jackson is left out of the main event!
In an amazing photo taken during the USC Shoah Foundation’s Ambassador for Humanity Award presentation, this year’s recipient President Barack Obama is seen at a table with host Steven Spielberg, Hollywood superstar Liam Neeson and rock & roll hall of fame inductee Bruce Springsteen.
In the background dressed in all white and his trademark Kangol is Samuel L. Jackson appearing a little forlorn that he was not at the big kid’s table. Jackson shouldn’t go all Pulp Fiction on the situation because there were a number of other heavy hitters who weren’t seated at the coveted #1 spot either including Barbra Streisand and, yes, even Kim Kardashian.
You can click on the top photo for a full-page view of all that star power!
Conan O’Brien was the host of the festivities and was at the table but didn’t make this particular pic.
Here’s a little about the Shoah Foundation with a photobomb sprinkled in:
Inspired by his experience making Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg established the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation in 1994 to gather video testimonies from survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. While most of those who gave testimony were Jewish survivors, the Foundation also interviewed homosexual survivors, Jehovah’s Witness survivors, liberators and liberation witnesses, political prisoners, rescuers and aid providers, Roma and Sinti (Gypsy) survivors, survivors of Eugenics policies, and war crimes trials participants. Within several years, the Foundation’s Visual History Archive held nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 34 languages, representing 58 countries; it is the largest archive of its kind in the world.
In January 2006, the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation became part of the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where the testimonies in the Visual History Archive will be preserved in perpetuity. The change of name to the USC Shoah Foundation—The Institute for Visual History and Education reflects the broadened mission of the Institute: to overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry—and the suffering they cause—through the educational use of the Institute’s visual history testimonies. Today the Institute reaches educators, students, researchers, and scholars on every continent, and supports efforts to collect testimony from the survivors and witnesses of other genocides.
Don’t look so down Mr. Jackson – that sounds like an awesome event!
Top/Bottom photos: Splash News