Oscars: Maya Rudolph Jokes Mexico "Is Not Paying for the Wall" in Show Opening
Presenter Maya Rudolph brought politics into a comedy bit with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Though the Oscars was host-free this year, presenters Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey didn't shy away from a hot-button topic in an extended comedy bit at the top of Sunday's ceremony.
After the trio of comedy alums took the stage following a performance by Queen, Rudolph joked, "Just a quick update, in case you're confused, there is no host tonight, no popular Oscar category and Mexico is not paying for the wall."
Rudolph was referring to the border wall with Mexico that President Trump promised during the 2016 presidential campaign but has not been able to secure funding for from Congress. He has since declared a national emergency that is being challenged in court.
Rudolph was also celebrated on social media at the 2018 Oscars when she presented with Tiffany Haddish, leading to calls for the pair to host this year's Oscars.
She wasn't the only one to reference Trump's wall during the ceremony: Javier Bardem also brought it up while introducing the foreign-language film winner. Speaking in Spanish, he told the audience, "There are no borders or walls that can restrain ingenuity and talent. In any region of any country of any continent, there are always great stories that move us. And tonight we celebrate the excellence and importance of the cultures and languages of different countries."
In other political moments, Spike Lee announced once more his opposition to President Trump (who the director has frequently called "Agent Orange") during his win for best adapted screenplay. "The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let's all mobiilize, let's be on the right side of history. Make the right choice between love vs. hate. Let's do the right thing!" he said, referring to his 1989 film Do the Right Thing.
The 91st annual Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and were broadcast live on ABC.