Academy Awards host Chris Rock didn’t limit his commentary on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy to his opening monologue. A half-hour into Sunday evening’s ceremony, Rock played a pretaped bit in which he and other black performers made their presences felt in hypothetical scenes from some of this year’s nominated movies.
“As you know, for the second year in a row, all the acting nominees are white,” Rock said, introducing the clip. “But worse than that, if you’re a black actor, just getting the opportunity to be in a movie can be a struggle. Let’s take a look.”
The video opened with Whoopi Goldberg walking into a scene from Joy, the drama starring Jennifer Lawrence as the inventor of the Miracle Mop. Dressed as a janitor, Goldberg told a stage-frightened Lawrence, “It’s not rocket science, it’s a mop!”
She added, “Of course, a black girl would have to invent the cure to cancer before they even give her a TV movie.”
Leslie Jones then took over for the grizzly bear in the revenge drama The Revenant, tossing Leonardo DiCaprio around like a rag doll while yelling, “There are no black actresses in this movie!”
And Tracy Morgan played a very different version of the title character in The Danish Girl than Eddie Redmayne. “These danishes is good, girl,” he told a bemused Alicia Vikander while munching a pastry.
In the sketch’s most pointed segment, Rock found himself stranded in space a la Matt Damon in The Martian. The only difference was that this time the folks at NASA (played by Jeff Daniels and Kristen Wiig) weren’t in a hurry to bring home a black astronaut, since it would cost $2,500 “white dollars.”
“It might be a PR problem,” Wiig said.
Watch the video above.