‘Saturday Night Live’: Host Octavia Spencer Skewers Oscars, Trump (Watch)

Saturday Night Live” host Octavia Spencer poked fun at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony in her monologue.

Of course, President Trump and his administration were also targets of skewering as the NBC late-night mainstay returned with a new episode after a two-week break.

“SNL’s” cold open featured a “Forrest Gump” spoof with Kate McKinnon as embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the guise of Gump discussing his “bad week.” The former Alabama senator is battling accusations that he was less than truthful during his confirmation hearings about his contacts with Russian officials during Trump’s presidential campaign. McKinnon’s Sessions noted that the growing controversy over perjury allegations distracted from the positive coverage of Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday night, when the President spoke “real words in a row for a whole hour.”

Sitting on the bus bench with a box of chocolates in his lap, McKinnon’s Sessions told his aw-shucks story to a series of characters including Beck Bennett’s Vladimir Putin before Spencer joined him in her Oscar-winning role of housemaid Minny Jackson.

“I’m from a different movie,” Spencer said before handing a giddy Sessions a chocolate pie, a reference to a disgustingly defiant act by her “Help” character.

Spencer’s monologue made only an oblique reference to the debacle at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, when “La La Land” was mistakenly named best picture before “Moonlight” was rightfully handed the trophy.

Spencer had more fun with the fact that her most recent pic, “Hidden Figures,” was often referred to incorrectly during awards season in a mix-up with the Denzel Washington-Viola Davis starrer “Fences.”

“There were three black movies at the Oscars this year — that’s a lot for America,” Spencer joked of the “Hidden Fences” flubs. The solution, she said, was to produce a three-way mashup of the best picture nominees with prominent African-American roles: “Hidden Fences Light,” which could be billed as “the story of three black women who send an introspective gay guy to build a fence on the moon,” Spencer said.

Spencer’s monologue was followed by a faux movie trailer that took direct aim at Trump and the Republican Party. “TBD” was pitched with classic overblown movie-trailer narration as a stirring biopic of the one Republican willing to speak out against the President’s agenda — as soon that person emerges. The final slate read “Courage. Compassion. Country. The TBD Story” as the narrator added, “starring Bradley Whitford, probably.”

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  1. bigdude33088 says:

    Having just finished watching this weeks SNL, I am extremely disappointed with the lack of quality on this episode the gags were stale and I couldn’t even chuckle at any of the sketches. I myself am a huge fan of when they do bash Donald Trump and when Baldwin makes his appearances, as well as the majority of the other political sketches as of late. For having 2 weeks off I feel they severely missed the mark on so many opportunities. I have been a big fan of this year’s SNL overall, but this one was just god-awful, their musical guest was just horrible as well. I really hope for a big rebound on the next show. Lauren Michaels, all of the writers please get your crap together.

  2. Jay! says:

    Nothing on how awful Father John Misty was? I mean was he supposed to be an ironic hipster joke? Lana del Rey and Ashlee Simpson can breathe easy.



  3. Bill R says:

    Definitely not one of their best shows. Even the directing was off.

  4. Brian Moore says:

    enough of the politics your side lost get over it it is getting annoying

  5. Sct says:

    Omg hire new writers. Lazy.

    • Sct says:

      Anyone could do a jokefest YouTube show with unknowns and it would better than snl.

    • Sct says:

      It’s the same joke every week for the past year. The same opening every week. Just start rerunning old shows from the start of snl.

  6. swede says:

    This show REALLY sucks. Hard.

  7. tommariner says:

    Don’t watch SNL anymore, missed the Oscars because #OscarsSoPC, but saw both La La and Moonlight. Polar opposites — the City of Angels thing a bright fantasy with a twist, the other a dark chronicle that life of some Americans is worse than under Jefferson Davis.

    Viewership in communities that Moonlight claims to portray were up dramatically. I think the “Oscars” have found their audience. Now we have to do another show that “gives out annual awards for excellence in movie making”.

    • Steve says:

      Moonlight IS excellence in moviemaking.

      • Sal U. Lloyd says:

        Steve, LOL. The movie had a reactive main character instead of a proactive one, plus a bad ending. If this had been a script at a UCLA screenwriting class, it would have received a ‘D.”

  8. DLC says:

    Waited 2 weeks for some real funny takes on trump and politics, most of the show was stupid. What a dissapointment.

  9. Sct says:

    Tired and old. Hire new writers.

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