Whiplash. If there was ever a word to describe this morning’s Oscars ceremony, that would be it. And no, this has nothing to do with Damien Chazelle’s masterpiece 2014 Best Picture nominee, but rather how the 2019 ceremony had audiences zipping back and forth between well deserved fan-favourite wins and total headscratchers. I mean, Bohemian Rhapsody taking the Oscar for Best Editing is kind of ridiculous.
If there was one clear winner for the night that everybody would agree on though, it was Trevor Noah. And by “everybody”, I mean everybody that understood him, that is. The expat South African comedian-turned-American-talk-show-host introduced the Best Picture nomination for Black
Except that’s totally not what Noah said.
As any local Xhosa speakers would be very quick to point out to much hilarity, “Abelungu abazi
Of course, Noah’s joke went down a storm with South African twitter users who were up early to watch the Oscars go down live. Meanwhile, US publications are all making a fuss about Noah’s dig at Mel Gibson, completely oblivious about the much greater joke that followed it.
Last Updated: February 25, 2019