Oscar voting ended Tuesday afternoon, and Wanda Sykes made it in just under the wire. During an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Friday (watch above), the comedian revealed that she was getting her nails done when she got a reminder text to vote from the academy 15 minutes before the deadline.
“I thought the lady [doing my nails] was going to smack me because I was trying to get my phone and vote,” Sykes shared. “And by the time I log in and everything, it was like five minutes left.”
Under such a tight time crunch, Sykes didn’t have time to dilly-dally or think over or research the nominees, so she knew what she had to do. “I just typed in ‘black’ and voted for everything black,” she said. “I was like, ‘Black Panther,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman.’ Then I went to the actresses — Regina King. All right. That was it. Submit it. Boom! Got outta there. I went black. It’s Black History Month, c’mon!”
DeGeneres approved of Sykes’ strategy, noting that ‘BlacKkKlansman’ is a “great choice. “It’s a really good movie,” Sykes replied. (Sykes noticeably did not say anything when DeGeneres remarked that “Green Book” is also “really great.” Read into that what you will.)
While Sykes did not reveal her Best Actor pick, she was definitely not a fan of one aspect of frontrunner Rami Malek‘s performance in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “The teeth were a little distracting for me though,” she said of the ginormous teeth he wore to mimic Freddie Mercury‘s overbite. “I was like, man, those are big chompers. His teeth weren’t that big. I remember looking at Freddie Mercury and going, damn. … Like Invisalign wouldn’t help that. You would need like a fence.”
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