How 'SNL' Previewed the 2019 Oscars

Castmember Beck Bennett's Jules character said that he was rooting for 'Black Panther,' "or as I call it, 'Equal Panther.'"
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'Saturday Night Live'

The "Weekend Update" segment of the latest installment of NBC's Saturday Night Live brought out castmember Beck Bennett's character Jules, who always stresses that he “sees things a little bit differently” than other people, to preview the upcoming Oscars.

“Growing up, I wasn’t like other kids. I was a little unorthodox, if that makes sense,” Jules said. “If other kids were dressing up for Halloween, I was dressing up for Wednesday.”

On watching the Oscars red carpet, Jules said: "They all ask, 'Who are you wearing?' I want to ask, 'Who are you being?'" He added, “Society wants to paint [stars] like little dolls, but they should be like the dolls I had in childhood, whittled from driftwood with very realistic genitalia.”

Jules said that he was rooting for Black Panther, “or as I call it, Equal Panther.” He also said he loved Green Book, which he described as “the story of a wise black musician teaching a mentally challenged white man how to love.”

“The Oscar goes to whimsy!” he declared at the end of the segment.

In another bit, Kenan Thompson's Steve Harvey hosted a Celebrity Family Feud: Oscars Edition, in which this week's SNL host Don Cheadle played Spike Lee (nominated for BlacKkKlansman); Kate McKinnon played Glenn Close (The Wife); Melissa Villaseñor returned to her portrayal of Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born); Bennett played Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born); Kyle Mooney played Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born); Pete Davidson played Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody); and Cecily Strong played Olivia Colman (The Favourite).