A man, supposed to have been dead for two years, has been spotted by relatives, apparently photo-bombing the now famous ‘selfie’ made by host Ellen Degeneres, during last Sunday’s Oscar Academy Awards.
The man, identified by close relatives as Alfred Carpenter, was a horror film director during the 1980s and 1990s.
Lucio Carpenter, Carpenter’s son, said it was mind-boggling to see his father right there on the photo. He spotted his father while reading articles and sifting through pictures on the internet about the show last Sunday. When he came across a shot of Bradley Cooper taking the selfie, he wanted to see the reactions of all the faces in the background, so he zoomed it in. Before he knew it, he was staring at the face of his father.
“It has been two years since he left us, and I think this is his way of letting us know that he is okay wherever he may be,” Lucio said.
Lucio admits that he did not see the broadcast last Sunday because it brings back sad memories, only saying that his father used to scream and swear at their TV set during each year’s Academy Awards when his favorite actors and movies did not win.
Lucio also said that his father always dreamed of one day being invited to the Oscars, but never lived to see that happen.
“He was definitely a huge fan of the Oscars, and I am not surprised he chose that venue to make us remember him. At least he has fulfilled his dream of attending the show in the after life,” an emotional Lucio said.
The photo of Bradley Cooper taking the group selfie with Degeneres et al shows the alleged likeness of Alfred Carpenter seated at a distance behind the group shot, apparently looking at an overhead monitor, in amazement.
The photo is what many in social media refer to as a ‘selfie’, a self-portrait usually taken by a phone-camera held out in front by one or two arms. However, this particular one made at the Oscars was a ‘group selfie’, involving several celebrity A-listers such as Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep, among others.
The photo was posted on social networking site Twitter, and has broken the Twitter record as the most re-tweeted photo since the company started.
During his lifetime, Alfred Carpenter directed several films such as “I Dream of the Golem” and “The Birds, Revisited”, both never making it to theaters. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 67.