The 2019 Oscars remained hostless from the start, but Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph gave the audience a taste of what the awards show would look like if they had filled the host role.
“We’re not your hosts, but we’ll stand here a little too long so the people who look at USA Today tomorrow will think that we hosted,” said Fey before presenting the award for outstanding supporting actress.
The Saturday Night Live alumnae were the first of many pseudo-hosts presenting throughout the night, as well as the first to take a dig at United States President Donald Trump.
“There is no host tonight, there won’t be a popular movie category and Mexico is not paying for the wall,” Rudolph said, referring to the$5.7 billion border wall with Mexico that President Trump promised during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Throughout their not-monologue comedy trifecta also made references to Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival, Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” wail and Netflix’s Roma. “Roma’s on Netflix? What’s next, my microwave makes a movie?” Fey jeered.