Like a full bladder on Bourbon Street, Tiffany Haddish seemingly burst out of nowhere with her star-making turn in last year’s sleeper hit Girls Trip (in truth the 38-year-old actress and comedian was performing and working steadily since 2005; we were just sleeping on her).
Haddish’s performance was so uproariously funny and so celebrated that she entered the rarest of territory: a place in the awards race for a comedic performance. Suddenly she was getting nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Association — and winning at the New York Film Critics Awards. Pundits were predicting the candid entertainer might even crack the Oscar ballot, comparing her performance to Melissa McCarthy’s similarly raunchy breakout in Bridesmaids six years earlier. But unlike McCarthy, Haddish was ultimately snubbed.
At the recent Los Angeles press day for The Oath, a satirical thriller about hardline politics and patriotism written and directed by actor Ike Barinholtz (Blockers), we asked the ubiquitous Haddish (also currently co-starring in the box office champ Night School) if she had any hard feelings about the snub, and she was reliably forthright.
“No, I’m more concerned about the checks,” said Haddish, who was joined by Barinholtz (watch above). “I’m not concerned about trophies. Because trophies don’t come with checks. It’s like NASCAR. With NASCAR, you get the trophy, some flowers, and a check. Oscars you just get the Oscar. And maybe a gift bag?”
Barinholtz interjected: “But the gift bag is kind of nice.”
“But it’s still not a check,” said Haddish, who’s piling up plenty of them these days (she has roles in Tyler Perry’s Nobody’s Fool and The Lego Movie 2 landing in the coming months). “I can’t feed my grandma with a gift bag.”
The Oath opens Oct. 12. Watch the trailer:
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