Just to confirm, there is no actual host for this year's Oscars, but in lieu of having any kind of captain at the helm, we got the next best thing: an extended first award presentation from Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Tina Fey. You can breathe now, awards show watchers. To quote frequently featured audience member Kacey Musgraves, "It'll all be alright."
Maya Rudolph: "Just a quick update, in case you're confused. There is no host tonight, there won't be a popular movie category, and Mexico is not paying for the wall." pic.twitter.com/gGrcav407q
- David Mack (@davidmackau) February 25, 2019
The three women took the stage to set the tone for the night after a performance from Queen and Adam Lambert. Along with some jokes, Rudolph took a moment to lay some ground rules for the night: "There is no host tonight, there will not be a popular film category, and Mexico is not paying for the wall." If these three say it, then it is so.
The rest of the mini-monologue was a bit of recycled material from the incredible monologues from Poehler and Fey's previous hosting gigs (check under your chairs, but instead of Oprah candles, now it's cheese sandwiches from the Fyre Festival!), but honestly... fine. Until someone comes along and turns out a better hosting performance, no one can cast judgment on these three.
On top of presenting the first award of the night to Regina King for her supporting actress performance in If Beale Street Could Talk, Maya Rudolph also gifted us a Sam Elliott impression that is suspiciously close to her Hormone Monstress in Big Mouth. We also got the joke, "Wakanda plans you got later?" In short, the big takeaway is that whoever volunteered to make the online petition to have a Fey/Poehler/Rudolph opener at every show, go ahead. We'll start circulating soon.
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