Sunday night’s Oscars got some comedic help from Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler. The Saturday Night Live alumni kicked off the hostless Academy Awards with an upbeat tone and quick pace on a night that featured lots of music and minimal bits.
After the original host, Kevin Hart, stepped down from the gig amid controversy over old tweets, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed that the show would not have a host this year—which sent many into a panic. The last year the Oscars ceremony went without a host was 1989.
Fey, Rudolph, and Poehler open Oscars strong
The trio opened the “one millionth” awards ceremony last night after a musical performance by Queen with Adam Lambert. Fey, Poehler, and Rudolph started their three-minute killer performance with an update on a few items, including the fact that the show would not have a host. They then struck a pose for the cameras, hoping that USA Today would cover their performance and readers would think that they did indeed host the prestigious event.
The Wine Country stars eased viewers into the evening with their thoughts on how they would host if they had been given that opportunity. They took turns cracking jokes about nominated films, similar to how previous Oscar hosts would roast nominees.
Poehler revealed to Bradley Cooper that she also peed herself at the Grammys, but for a different reason. Fey pondered when her microwave would start making movies, now that Netflix won its first Best Picture Oscar for Roma. Rudolph made obligatory jokes about Sam Elliott’s mustache and Wakanda.
They wrapped up their bits with Rudolph showing off her vocal chops. She belted out a Lady Gaga riff from A Star is Born’s award-winning song Shallow and Poehler joined in the song…until Fey (wisely) covered her mouth. Then, the group made their final hypothetical announcement to the attendees of the annual gala. Fey encouraged the audience to look under their seats, because, “you’re all getting one of those cheese sandwiches from the Fyre Festival!”
Comedians lend a hand at hostless Oscars
Finally, the group explained that while they were not there to host, they were there to present the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, which went to Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk.
Other comedians appeared throughout the show including John Mulaney, Awkwafina, Trevor Noah, and Melissa McCarthy—who made waves for both her red carpet and on-stage outfits. Keegan Michael-Key made the grandest entrance to introduce Bette Midler. Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, and Eighth Grade
star snub Elsie Fisher also got some screentime.
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) February 25, 2019