Speed Reads

2019 Oscars

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph present at the Oscars — and leave viewers wishing they had hosted

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph got the 2019 Oscars off to a strong start by ripping into the past six months of Oscars controversies and making viewers at home wish they had just been chosen to host.

After an opening performance by Queen, the three comedians came on stage to present the award for Best Supporting Actress. But first, they addressed the elephant in the room: the lack of a host.

"We are not your hosts," Fey said. "But we're going to stand here a little too long so that the people who get USA Today tomorrow will think that we hosted."

The comedians also mocked the Oscars' abandoned popular film idea, as well as its proposal to present awards during commercials. They then riffed on some of the films from this year like a host might do in their opening monologue, helping to fill the void left when Kevin Hart stepped down and his role was not filled.

"Just a quick update, in case you're confused," Rudolph said. "There is no host tonight, no popular Oscar category, and Mexico is not paying for the wall."