Oscars hosts Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes brought the heat during their opening monologue on Sunday, making jokes about everything from the Golden Globes to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill to the Oscars themselves.
After DJ Khaled introduced the hosts on stage, the monologue started off strong with Schumer saying: “This year, the Academy hired three women to host because it’s cheaper than hiring one man.”
The hosts then turned to Timothée Chalamet, who rocked a sparkly blazer with no shirt underneath to this year’s ceremony. “We’ve been dealing with COVID for two years. It’s been really hard on people,” Hall said, as Schumer followed: “Yeah, I mean just look at Timothée Chalamet.”
“Oh god, what happened?” Sykes asked. Hall replied, “You know what? I’d still smash,” as the camera panned to a blushing Chalamet.
The monologue also looked inward to the Oscars themselves, specifically regarding the Academy’s decision to present eight craft categories off-camera this year. The choice was met with fierce backlash from many in Hollywood, although the Academy stuck by its decision. “As many of you know, a decision was made to present some behind-the-scenes awards in the first hour,” Schumer said. “It was a difficult and controversial decision, but I think we’ve moved on,” Sykes added. At that moment, the lights began to flicker and electrical noises rang out. “We’re all union!” Sykes cracked, drawing a big laugh from the audience.
The hosts also took on the Golden Globes, the annual awards show put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that faced industry-wide backlash last year after it was revealed that it did not have any Black members. “This is kind of sad,” Schumer said. “You know what’s in the in memoriam package this year? The Golden Globes. They didn’t have any Black people, they didn’t have any Black members.” Hall added, “No. They had to go.”
After poking fun at Samuel L. Jackson by suggesting he should make a rom-com, the three hosts offered one more joke as the monologue came to a close. “We’re going to have a great night tonight,” Sykes said. “And for you people in Florida, we’re going to have a gay night.” Schumer and Hall then joined Sykes in a chorus of “gays,” calling out the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and therefore Disney, which has been embroiled in controversy after CEO Bob Chapek did not immediately cut off donations to lawmakers that support the legislation.