Angela Bassett’s Oscar Nomination For A Marvel Movie Compared To ‘Getting A Pulitzer Prize For A Reddit Comment’

by Gee NY
Angela Bassett on January 9, 2024 in Hollywood, California. Photo: VALERIE MACON/GETTY

In a night filled with laughter and lighthearted jabs, comedian John Mulaney stole the show as he hosted the 2024 Governors Awards on Wednesday night.

Mulaney, currently nominated for an Emmy for his latest special “Baby J,” delivered a memorable monologue, earning praise on social media for his witty remarks.

Among Mulaney’s comedic targets was the acclaimed actress Angela Bassett, whom he honored for her outstanding acting skills.

“Here’s what a great actor Angela Bassett is: She got an Oscar nomination for a Marvel movie. That’s like getting a Pulitzer prize for a Reddit comment,” Mulaney quipped, referring to Bassett’s 2022 nomination for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

The comedian didn’t spare comedy legend Mel Brooks from his playful roasting, humorously suggesting that the person responsible for Bradley Cooper’s prosthetic nose in “Maestro” was also behind the construction of Brooks’ “entire face and body and personality for the last 97 years.”

In a more lighthearted tone, Mulaney acknowledged Brooks’ decision to remove his name from the credits of “The Fly” and “The Elephant Man,” sharing:

“Can you imagine anyone else in this room not taking credit for something they actually did? I cannot.”

Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’.  Photo: ELI ADÉ/MARVEL STUDIOS

Even legendary film editor Carol Littleton didn’t escape Mulaney’s comedic lens. Joking about her work on “E.T.,” he playfully remarked:

“Her lifetime achievement award is in editing. Wouldn’t it be funny if her speech was way too long?”

The final honoree, Michelle Satter, recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work with the Sundance Film Institute, didn’t escape Mulaney’s humor. Highlighting the eclectic past recipients of the award, he quipped:

“So it’s really unclear what this award means.”

Fans flooded X, formerly known as Twitter, to express their admiration for Mulaney’s monologue, with some calling it the “perfect antidote to the Globes’ debacle.”

There’s a growing consensus among viewers that Mulaney should be considered to host the Oscars, with many praising his comedic charm and wit.

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