“OMG It’s Steve Jobs! I’m the Only One Yelling at Him!”
Squint and you can see the Apple (AAPL) co-founder and CEO in the middle of shot, standing to the right of the woman in a white dress (click to enlarge).
Thanks to CNET’s intrepid Caroline McCarthy for spotting the shot. I asked Sutton to expand on the caption and he obliged, via email:
“I was a part of the Kodak red carpet guest blogger access. Steve looked surprised when I was yelling his name. I was the only one yelling from my section of the bleachers. Others were like, ‘Who’s he and why am I yelling,’ because he’s not in a movie.”
Jobs, of course, does have a good reason to be at the Oscars: Pixar, the company he sold to Disney (DIS) in 2006, is in the running for multiple Academy Awards. Note that he does not seem to be carrying a sack of iPads to hand out.
And here’s a more intimate shot of Jobs at the event, via Jon M. Chu (who is the director of something called “The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers,” which has an Oscar performance planned for the evening).
On the off chance that the Jobs sightings and photos are part of a baroque prank/publicity stunt, I’ve asked Apple PR to confirm his attendance at tonight’s awards.
Oh. And here’s first iPad commercial, which ran during the broadcast (via Engadget):