Hilarious..and true. Megan Mullally kicked off the SAG Awards by skewering Hollywood over its ‘groundbreaking’ roles for women, like Emily Blunt playing a ‘nanny’ and Glen Close being a ‘wife.’
In the wake of the whole Kevin Hart/Academy Awards debacle, perhaps the Oscars should just get Megan Mullally to host? The Will & Grace star (and love of Nick Offerman’s life) brought the funny to the start of the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 27, while taking a shot at the parts women were given in the prior year. “Roles for women continued to break new ground. Glenn Close played a wife! So, that’s new. Melissa McCarthy portrayed a woman who repeatedly apologizes and asked our forgiveness. I was like, ‘what?! This is groundbreaking.’ ”
“Emily Blunt played a nanny,” she said, bringing up Mary Poppins Returns, “and in another film, written and directed by her real life husband, John Krasinski, Emily played a mom who wasn’t allowed to speak! So great not to have to learn any lines right? that was really thoughtful of you, John.” While there was a specific reason as to why Emily was silent in A Quiet Place, Megan’s jabs were pretty on point, Hollywood. No wonder the SAGs wanted her to host.
“Well I first heard them say, ‘Will you be our ho…?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, I can be your ho!’ But then it turns out they actually said ‘host.’ And I was like, ‘Oh okay, well I could do that, too,’ “ Meghan said when speaking to Variety about how the Will & Grace star landed the gig. When asked how she would prepare for the gig, she had an unconventional answer: Find some writers and throw a bunch of ideas around. I had a couple of ideas that are funny that require some shooting some stuff outside of the actual live broadcast, so we’ll see. I don’t think I have an inordinate amount of screen time.”
— SAG Awards® (@SAGawards) January 28, 2019
“I’m not on stage for twenty minutes telling a series of amazing political jokes,” she said, explaining how the SAGs were going to differentiate from what has been expected of awards shows in the time of Donald Trump. “That’s s not going to happen. It’s not going to be political. it’s going to be about actors and celebrating talent…. I don’t think it’s that kind of night. I’m political, but my stock-in-trade is not politics.”
“I do think it’s really cool that they asked me to host because [hosts are] not always women,” she added. “It’s not always women my age. I don’t have 19 million followers on social media. I have so many great memories of the SAG Awards. It’s just a fun one to go to, and you see all your friends and sometimes there’s like Olivia Colman that you can prostrate yourself in front of. I think everyone wants to meet her. She’s going to be besieged.”
As for the 2019 Oscars going on without a host, Megan couldn’t believe it. “That’s ridiculous. That’s so dumb. Why would they do that?” she asked. Well, after that opening, the question is – why hasn’t she been given the job?