The 'Late Show' host described the plot of 'Moonlight' and 'La La Land' based on their posters.
Stephen Colbert‘s recap of this year’s Oscar-nominated films may not be helpful if you’re looking to bone up before the Academy Awards on Sunday night, but at least he knows their names. The host of The Late Show offered his audience brief descriptions of some of the contenders on Friday night based solely on their posters.
Looking at La La Land‘s one-sheet, featuring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s dance routine, Colbert joked, “This, clearly, is about two crazy kids who fall in love, while accidentally heiling Hitler. Yeah, it’s a sad ending, happens too often these days. It’s a cautionary tale.”
On Arrival, he said “everyone in this movie is really upset because Amy Adams lost her giant black contact lens,” while later describing Moonlight as “the next movie in the X-Men series.” He added, “From the poster, I believe it is about a mutant with the power to grow a well-trimmed beard on half of his face when the moon comes out. Marvel’s done it again!”
Colbert also summarized Lion, Hidden Figures, Hell or High Water, Hacksaw Ridge, Fences, and Manchester by the Sea. “I think this one’s gonna win it,” he said of the Casey Affleck-led film. “It is an intimate family drama about a man who has to break the news to his girlfriend that he lost her favorite seagull.”
Jimmy Fallon also spoofed some of the awards contenders on The Tonight Show Friday by reviewing them as Donald Trump. Fences “should’ve been called Walls,” he joked.
Watch Colbert in the clip above.