All the way up until this point I was expecting nothing but bad things from this year’s Oscars because there was no host lined up and the last time the Oscars went host-less it was an utter disaster. So, of course, I was prepared to drink and laugh all night at their epic failure because I’m a hater. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much better the show was without a host, and the ratings were up! However, since everything kicked off with the Holy Trinity of Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poelher I believe they somehow blessed the show with their monologue by doing just enough to entertain everyone and then getting the hell off of the stage before boredom took its seat in the front row.
Deadline reports that the three of them wanted to make it clear from the jump “We are not your hosts” however that didn’t stop them from giving us three hours of an Oscars hosting gig in under three minutes, to which I must thank them wholeheartedly because I doubt self-ousted host Kevin Hart would have been able to pull this off without offending everyone.
Making it clear that “we are not your hosts,” they brought their self-deprecating humor to the the show, “the one millionth Academy Awards,’ skewering all the mishaps that plagued this year’s Oscars, from going hostless after the Hart fiasco, to reversing two new high-profile initiatives after backlash: adding a Popular Movie category and awarding four statuettes during the commercial breaks. They also managed to squeeze in a doze of politics with a mention of the “Build a Wall” controversy.
“Just a quick update for those who are confused: there is no host tonight, there will be no Popular Movie category and Mexico is not paying for the wall,” Rudolph said to a big applause.
Added Poehler, “That’s right, and we won’t give out awards during the commercials but will be presenting commercials during the awards”
They truly laid the foundation for the evening with their “Get In, Get Out” style of presenting but I need to pull Maya to the side and ask her who designed that Easter Sunday melted Peeps dress she thrust upon our eyes. I realize that fashion isn’t necessarily a priority when you’re really only going to be onstage less than five minutes but I felt like I was at a church revival whenever I looked at her. All that was missing was a tambourine and a few Hallelujahs! to set the rest of the outfit off just right.
Check out their monologue below.