They may not have been the hosts, but we’re ready to declare Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph as the champions of the 91st annual Academy Awards. The dynamic trio were the first faces the audience saw following a command performance by Queen, fronted by American Idol vet Adam Lambert. “We are not your hosts, but we’re going to stand here a little too long so people who get USA Today tomorrow will think we hosted,” joked Fey, before she and her Saturday Night Live pals launched into a series of zingers that were better than the opening monologues from the past five Oscar ceremonies combined. We’ll just let Olivia Munn speak for us:
Can Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler just keep not hosting the Oscars? 🤞 #Oscars2019
— Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) February 25, 2019
Until the Oscars started, no one was sure how things were going to go down. Would Whoopi Goldberg storm the stage as the surprise host? Would Dwayne Johnson escort his Instagram pal Kevin Hart onstage for another public apology? Would Rami Malek grab the mic from Lambert and sing for his Best Actor Oscar?
Try none of the above. Instead, the opening 10 minutes went off … pretty well, actually! Although the snark was heavy on social media, the folks in the Dolby Theatre seemed to enjoy their mini-Queen concert, which kicked off with “We Will Rock You” before segueing into “We Are the Champions.” Javier Bardem was particularly into it:
— Decider (@decider) February 25, 2019
— laney (@misslaneym) February 25, 2019
— Amanda ♨️ (@Amanda_Clinton) February 25, 2019
However, Twitter noted that Christian Bale didn’t seem all that rocked.
— Hayley Petrash (@haybelles9) February 25, 2019
“Christian Bale…oh…you’re here.”
— John Lichman (@jlichman) February 25, 2019
Christian Bale & Javier Bardem are my only two moods pic.twitter.com/87QwnjWNGx
— brooke (@depplyhaIIows) February 25, 2019
It goes without saying that the Bohemian Rhapsody gang had serious flashbacks going on.
aw rami and lucy watching queen preform pic.twitter.com/aUIJUZO59z
— Jay (@JayJayIsNotOkay) February 25, 2019
The reviews for Queen’s short set were overall positive, but Fey, Poehler and Rudolph brought down the house. During their round of monologue-ready jokes, Rudolph jokingly propositioned Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman by asking, “Wakanda plans you got later?” and Fey had this killer line about Roma: “Roma’s on Netflix. What’s next, my microwave makes a movie?” Our only complaint? They exited the stage too soon.
Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler aka just stay on stage all night.
— Letterboxd (@letterboxd) February 25, 2019
Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler should never be at an awards show not hosting it.
— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) February 25, 2019
— KC (@blissleadtheway) February 25, 2019
Congrats, Oscars! For all the backstage drama, you finally got everyone rooting for the opening to go on longer.
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