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Chris Rock and Steve Martin giving their monologue.

Chris Rock and Steve Martin Bash The Oscars For Lack of Diversity

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By Trace Alan Salzbrenner

For the second year in a row, The Oscars went without a host and instead allowed for two previous hosts to kick off the show with a monologue. Three-time host Steve Martin and Two-time host Chris Rock got on stage and delivered a searing, and humorous, jab at The Academy for not nominating more women and minorities.

The two stood on stage and delivered a small but poignant joke that left the crowd laughing and the Academy probably a little embarrassed.

Chris and Steve on the Oscars stage.
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“There’s so many great directors nominated this year,” Chris noted during the monologue. While Steve replied back to him, “I thought there was something missing from the list this year.”

Chris then cracked back with "Vaginas?" Then both ended with a chorused "Yup!"

Many people were aware that the Oscars snubbed a lot of women directors and industry professionals including Greta Gerwig who was passed over for Best Director even though she had one of the best movies of the year with 'Little Women.'

Greta Gerwig on the red carpet.
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Saoirse Ronan talked about Gerwin's snub, “I’m really happy that the Academy recognized [Gerwig] for Adapted Screenplay and Picture, and I feel like if you’ve been nominated for Best Picture, you have essentially been nominated for Best Director,” she said. “But to me, Greta, since she started, has made two perfect films, and I hope when she makes her next perfect movie, she gets recognized for everything because I think she’s one of the most important filmmakers of our time.”

Cynthia Erivo on the red carpet.
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Cynthia Erivo is here tonight,” Chris said of the Best Lead Actress nominee for Harriet, where she played the famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman. He continued, "Cynthia Erivo was so good at hiding black people that the Academy got her to hide all the black nominees. Cynthia, is Eddie Murphy under this stage?” he asked her, while Steve replied, “Eddie I loved you in Dolomite."

Many believed that Murphy deserved a nomination for his role in that movie but sadly he didn't get one.

Chris and Steve on the Oscars Stage.
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“Think how much the Oscars have changed in the past 92 years…back in 1929, there were no black acting nominees,” Steve continued, while Chris pointed out, “And now in 2020, we got one.”

And maybe next year we will get two black nominations. While international movies got there way in this year, there is still a lot of diversity that The Academy needs to make up for and hopefully, this little monologue will help them see that in the coming years.

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