The Internet Wants Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph to Host Every Award Show
If we’re honest, the 90th Academy Awards were a lot of things, but they weren’t exactly iconic. After the major snafu that mangled the announcement of Moonlight as the Best Picture of the Year last year, and a huge change in Hollywood with the Time’s Up and Me Too movements, the Oscars seems subdued this year. However, there was a bit of a spark about halfway through the ceremony when Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph took to the stage to present the awards for the Best Live Action short film and the Best Documentary Short film.
What ensued between the two women was comedic gold. The pair walked out holding their shoes, danced, joked, and basically made the internet decide that they needed to be the hosts of the 2019 Oscars — and every single award show between now and then.
Standing for women (literally)
It might not seem significant that these two megastars strolled on the Oscars stage in UGG slippers carrying their heels, but considering what women are expected to go through in the name of beauty for Hollywood events, this mini-protest was just what we needed.
Also, Haddish appeared wearing a repeat dress, something that is nearly unheard of in the entertainment industry. The Girls Trip star has already rocked the $4,000 Alexander McQueen gown at the Girls Trip premiere and for her Saturday Night Live hosting stint.
During her SNL monologue, Haddish explained, “I feel like I should be able to wear what I want, when I want, as many times as I want, as long as I Febreze it.”
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Giving Maya Rudolph her due
Hollywood doesn’t deserve Maya Rudolph. The comedian has given us numerous years on SNL, her hilarious role in Bridesmaids, and most recently her work on The Good Place and Netflix’s Big Mouth — and yet, she’s still severely underused.
As The Huffington Post explained, the veteran comedian’s appearance with newcomer Haddish was significant for more than one reason. They reported,
It’s noteworthy that two black women got to share space as equals and deliver some of the biggest laughs of the night. It’s even more noteworthy that, in seeing them together, we saw a striking testimony to two notions that are evidently still viewed in some circles as novel ideas: that two funny women can exist at the same time and that blackness is not a monolith.
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For anyone who knows comedy, they know it’s no easy feat. And yet, in the few minutes that Haddish and Rudolph were on the stage, they had the perfect chemistry.
Not only did their jokes hit, they also brought up #OscarsSoWhite and mimicked white men with clipboards and headsets. After livening up an otherwise dull evening, folks were immediately calling for the duo to host the Oscars next year.
New York Times TV Critic James Poniewozik tweeted, “Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph, your next Oscar hosts.”
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A true lesson in diversity
Hollywood loves to use diversity as a buzzword. But when it comes time to make things more diverse in front of and behind the camera, the industry continues to struggle. Folks were thrilled when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globes. Since then though, the major award show hosts have typically been white and male.
Bringing Haddish and Rudolph to host either the Globes or the Oscars next year (or both!) would mean the industry is actually putting actions behind its words.
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The next Thelma and Louise
If we don’t get Rudolph and Haddish back on stage at an award show, we at least need to see them on a television show or in a film together. Writer Louis Virtel tweeted, “Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish appeared, and I immediately screamed ‘Thelma and Louise reboot’ at a stranger.”
According to their respective IMDB pages, Haddish and Rudolph have a ton of forthcoming projects coming down the pipeline. But we’re sure they can squeeze in one more film. Honestly, we’d love to see them in something fresh and original — the reboots are getting old.
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Celebrating black women
While women are still significantly underrepresented in the entertainment industry, the numbers for black women are even worse. Asking Haddish and Ruldoph to host a major award show would be a significant shift in the status quo — one that has been slowly breaking and cracking since the Weinstein accusations went public in fall 2017.
Together, however briefly, Haddish and Rudolph represent a kind of comedy ideal: a world in which black women of vastly different backgrounds and perspectives can be funny without code-switching, without recalibrating their blackness for the benefit of white folk. And that’s why the bit worked. Though the two are wildly different, they share an understanding, a knowing as black women that only black women get ― it can be communicated with something as simple as a look or a head nod.
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Setting things in motion
It looks like MTV already knew they had the perfect host in Haddish, because in February 2018, The Last O.G. star announced she would be hosting the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. She took to Instagram to let everyone know that the show is going to be off the chain.
Obviously, Rudolph will need to make several appearances on stage as well.
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