Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira's Hilarious Picks for Music to Play Off Long Oscar Speeches
Death, taxes and long Oscar speeches.
With the 2019 Academy Awards under two weeks away also comes the inevitability that more than one winner will be played off stage when their acceptance speech gets a little too long. But what if a different song announced their time to get moving instead of just the customary orchestral music?
Enter Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, who have a couple of suggestions. The Black Panther actresses sat down for PEOPLE’s Oscar Portfolio in the latest issue where they also took the time to answer a few questions from editor-in-chief Jess Cagle.
“When Oscar speeches go long, they should play the winner off with this song,” Cagle asks as part of The Cagle Exercise in the video above.
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Gurira, 40, immediately starts singing Ethel Merman’s iconic song “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” But Nyong’o has a different idea.
“I was thinking more like, ‘Move bitch, get out the way, get out the way,’ ” Nyong’o, 35, offers instead, rapping Ludacris’ hit “Move Bitch.”
“No! No!” Gurira says horrified as Nyong’o laughs. “There you have it people, quite a spectrum of choices there. Wow. That’s one way to remember your special night.”
The costars also answer award show themed questions like what they’ll have in their bag for the big night and what they’re really thinking when the camera pans to them during the ceremony.
Nyong’o and Gurira both starred in Black Panther, which earned the first-ever Best Picture nomination for a superhero movie at this year’s Oscars. The movie picked up the outstanding ensemble trophy at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The 91st Academy Awards take place on Feb. 24 and air live on ABC at 8 p.m.