Dear Academy: Please Let Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph Co-Host the 2019 Oscars
Talk about show-stealers! Oscars presenters Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph tore the roof off the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles by simply standing together on stage and being their hilarious selves. The two comediennes were on hand to present the trophies for Best Live Action Short and Best Documentary, but viewers are already campaigning for them to have a bigger role next year — as hosts of the 2019 Academy Awards.
After slipping out of her gorgeous traditional Eritrean dress and into her go-to Girls Trip number, Haddish marched on stage with Rudolph, both in Ugg slippers and carrying their Jimmy Choos. Riffing on everything from their sore feet (Rudolph: “My pinky toe fell off”) to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy from a few years ago, the actresses had a natural chemistry and banter between them.
“We are so happy to be here, but a little nervous too, because a few years ago, people were saying that Oscars were so white. And since then, some real progress has been made,” Rudolph said, setting up Haddish for the punchline: “But when we came out together, we know some of you were thinking, ‘Are the Oscars too Black now?'”
They went on to do a whole bit about “white people with clipboards” before joking about their respective bathroom scenes in Girls Trip and Bridesmaids.
Immediately, there were calls for the two to star in a movie together, with some pointing out that Rudolph’s husband, Paul Thomas Anderson, could just write one for his wife and her co-presenter.
Others considered a Rudolph-Haddish reboot of a classic.
Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish appeared and I immediately screamed "Thelma and Louise reboot" at a stranger.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) March 5, 2018
— JulieHarden☮ (@JulieHarden) March 5, 2018
Some pointed out how much better the show could be if we had more of the dynamic pair.
We had to look at jerks at a screening accept hot dog missiles for 10 minutes when we could have turned 20 minutes over to Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish. C’mon, Oscars.
— Sean Fennessey (@SeanFennessey) March 5, 2018
But many realized the ultimate goal: having Haddish and Rudolph co-host the 2019 awards.
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) March 5, 2018
— AMC Theatres (@AMCTheatres) March 5, 2018
— Melissa D'Agostino (@melissadags) March 5, 2018
Imagine how much shorter this four-hour show would seem!
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(photos via Kevin Winter/Getty Images)