When Hollywood gathers every year to wear incredible outfits and hand out awards, it’s not uncommon for things to get political.
This time around, given how tumultuous politics has become on either side of the Atlantic, it didn’t take long for president Trump to be brought up at the 91st Academy Awards.
After the opening performance by the surviving members of Queen and American Idol star Adam Lambert, actresses Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kicked off proceedings. Given that this year the Oscars went “hostless” for the first time, the trio made some jokes in place of the traditional “opening monologue”, which is usually made by the show’s host.
"There is no host tonight, there won't be a popular movie category, and Mexico is not paying for the wall."
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Referencing the long-running dispute over a wall at the US border, Rudolph said:
So just a quick update in case you’re confused. There is no host tonight, there will be no popular movie category — and Mexico is not paying for the wall.
The “popular film category” line refers to reports that suggested that Academy Awards briefly considered adding a "popular" category this year. But the idea was quickly dropped after people on social media were not keen on the idea. The “Mexico is not paying for the wall” line refers to Trump's many promises during the 2016 election that Mexico would be paying for a wall on the US border.
Though, surprisingly, the night didn’t veer too far into politics beyond Rudolph's jab, despite many of the nominated films covering overtly political topics.