Everyone would all be able to thank a sluggish teleprompter for allowing Issa Rae the chance to drop some reality while reporting the Oscar nominations.
On Monday, the “Insecure” maker and star turned into a viral for delivering a subtle quip that was critical of all-male nominations for best director.
After reading the nominees – Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), Todd Phillips (“Joker”), Sam Mendes (“1917”), Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”) and Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”) – Rae investigated the camera and said, “Congratulations to those men.”
“We were told — Jon Cho and I — to just banter for five seconds as the teleprompter loaded,” she explained on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. “So that was my banter. I didn’t lie. I said congratulations and there were men there. So, that’s it.”
Those viewing the presentation observed the minute and hailed Rae for her fast mind.
Numerous eyes had been on the category, with specific consideration being paid to whether “Little Women” director Greta Gerwig or some other of the current year’s eminent female directors could score a nomination in the category historically dominated by men.
“I just think it’s unfortunate,” Rae added. “The Academy needs to do better.”
However, she conceded, “I’m kind of tired of having the same conversation.”
“I think every year, it’s something. So, for me, it’s just pointing it out when I see it. But I just don’t want to get too worked up about it. It is what it is at this point,” she said. “It’s just the conversation that’s happening behind the scenes are what I’m most interested in. So, yeah, I don’t want to say too much more about it. It’s annoying.”
Rae was joined by “Insecure” executive maker Prentice Penny and cast individuals Yvonne Orji and Jay Ellis on stage.
The group was on hand to promote the forthcoming fourth season of “Insecure.” It debuts April 12 on HBO. (The network, as CNN, is possessed by WarnerMedia.)