“By the way, did y’all watch the Oscars?” asks first-time “Saturday Night Live” host Octavia Spencer during her monologue. “I mean, how insane was that? How crazy was it that I didn’t win?” Her tongue was firmly in cheek as she talked about losing Best Supporting Actress for “ ” to her former “The Help” co-star Viola Davis, who prevailed for “Fences.” Watch Spencer’s monologue above.
Also in the monologue, Spencer jokes that this was her “first real night out … of my spanks” thanks to a long awards season for her “Hidden Figures” role as a NASA scientist. “But I mean it when I say, it truly is an honor to be nominated,” notes Spencer. “Because for a good part of my career, I pretty much just played nurses. I played a nurse 16 times. I guess I have what Hollywood calls, ‘resting nurse face.'”
“People have been so kind to me about that movie,” Spencer continues. “So many people have been coming up to me saying, I loved ‘Hidden Fences’! And I say, no, I was in ‘Hidden Figures.’ I mean, I get it, I get it. There were three black movies at the Oscars this year, and that’s a lot for Americans. So if you’re gonna get confused anyway, I thought I might as well make some money off of it. That’s why I produced ‘Hidden Fence Light.’ It’s the story of three black women who send an introspective gay boy to build a fence on the moon.”
Despite much anticipation, “SNL” decided not to take on the now-infamous Oscar Best Picture mix-up that saw “La La Land” mistakenly named the winner instead of “Moonlight.” Hmm, was Matt Damon perhaps not available to portray disgraced accountant Brian Cullinan? Or maybe the “Saturday Night Live” writers simply thought that last Sunday’s Oscars were old news.
Earlier during the cold open Spencer recreated her popular character of Minny Jackson, the maid from “The Help” that won her the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2011. Minny fed her infamous pie to Kate McKinnon‘s Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was channeling Forrest Gump after his very bad week that caused him to recuse himself from future investigations into Donald Trump‘s Russian ties.
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