Actor and Rapper Utkarsh Ambudkar Freestyle Recaps 2020 Oscars, Acknowledges 'You Don't Know Me'
The Brittany Runs a Marathon star called out the lack of diversity at the Academy Awards this year - and poked fun at John Travolta
The Indian-American actor — who stars in Brittany Runs a Marathon and White Famous and played Mindy’s brother on The Mindy Project — gave a freestyle recap of the awards show before the Best Cinematography award was handed out.
Ambudkar, 36, acknowledged that a lot of people watching him on Sunday night might not be familiar with him despite his accomplishments in movies and on Broadway.
“This is incredible. I do not belong here,” Ambudkar told the audience at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles before rapping, “You don’t know me.”
The NYU grad then explained to the beat, “I’m here to recap the show and emcee for a bunch of nominees that don’t look like me,” referring to the lack of people of color nominated this year.
“Her name is Idina Menzel, Mr. Travolta,” Ambudkar rapped.
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The musician has performed with Freestyle Love Supreme, an improv-rap troupe started by Miranda with Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, on Broadway and released two rap albums in 2019. Next up, he’ll appear in Disney’s live-action Mulan as a new character Skatch.
The 92nd Annual Academy Awards are airing live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.