Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph Try Out Jokes They Would Do if They Hosted the Oscars
The comedians reminded us that they were not the hosts, but they had some material prepared if things were different
Former Golden Globe hosts Fey and Poehler reunited, along with Rudolph, to send up the host-less 91st Academy Awards on Sunday. The three walked out on stage where Fey quickly clarified why they were there.
“Welcome to the one millionth Academy Awards!” Fey, 48, started off. “We are not your hosts, but we are gonna stand here a little too long so that the people who get USA Today tomorrow will think we hosted.”
The three then jokingly posed for the camera as if they were in the middle of a bit.
“There is no host tonight, there won’t be a popular movie category and Mexico is not paying for the wall,” Rudolph, 46, continued, referencing the Academy’s brief attempt to introduce a category for popular movies.
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Poehler, Rudolph and Fey took advantage of their time onstage by trying out the material they would have used if they were in fact hosting.
“Chadwick Boseman: Wakanda plans you have later?” Rudolph said to the Black Panther star.
“Roma’s on Netflix? What’s next, my microwave makes a movie?” Fey said, later adding, “Everybody look under your seats, you’re all getting the cheese sandwiches from the Fyre Festival!”
Poehler then revealed they were really on stage to present Best Supporting Actress.
“Although in my experience all actresses are supporting actresses — because women truly support one another,” Poehler, 47, said before turning to Fey and Rudolph and joking, “For example, I support both of you financially”
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Rudolph was last seen on the Oscars stage in 2018 with Tiffany Haddish, where they hilariously presented a category with their high heels in hand. They were so funny during their segment, where they poked fun at the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, that the Internet petitioned the Academy to hire them as hosts for this year’s show.
The Oscars started off without a hitch after a bumpy few months, which began when then-host Kevin Hart stepped down after older, homophobic tweets resurfaced on social media. Despite Hart receiving the support of many comedians, among them previous Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres and good friend Nick Cannon, the show went on without a host, and the producers promised plenty of fun presenters and surprises instead.
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The organization also received backlash for announcing it would air four of the major film categories — cinematography, film editing, makeup/hairstyling and live action short — during commercial breaks.
The move was protested by several Hollywood A-listers, among the Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Elizabeth Banks and Spike Lee among others.
The Academy reversed its decision after an open letter from several filmmakers.
The 91st Academy Awards are broadcasting live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on ABC.