Anyone who has seen The Big Sick or HBO’s Silicon Valley knows that Kumail Nanjiani is hilarious. And last night, March 4th, at the 2018 Academy Awards, the comedian stole the show as a presenter. Now, Twitter is calling for Nanjiani to host the awards show in 2019, and we must admit we’re on board.
Nanjiani took the stage last night with his co-presenter Lupita Nyong’o to announce the award for Best Production Design. And though they were only on stage for a brief period of time, they seized the moment as a chance to talk about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Donald Trump announced his decision to end the program in September, and at last night’s ceremony, Nanjiani and Nyong’o, who are both immigrants, expressed their support for DACA recipients, or Dreamers.
The two actors joked about their difficult-to-pronounce names, with Nanjiani saying that his original Pakistani name was “Chris Pine.” The comedian later quipped that he was from “Pakistan and Iowa, two places that nobody in Hollywood can find on a map.”
Nyong’o and Nanjiani then spoke about their status as immigrants and their support for Dreamers, saying that “dreams are the foundation of America.”
At the end of their presentation, Nanjiana concluded, “And so, to all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you,” and the audience erupted in applause.
The Pakistani American actor’s on-point political wit led many on Twitter to say he should host the ceremony in 2019.
And some even suggested that he share the spotlight.
There are so many reasons why we agree that Nanjiani would make an excellent Oscars host. His roots are in stand-up comedy, meaning that he has great comedic timing and can also write a searing punchline. Plus, his speech with Nyong’o about Dreamers proves that he would be able to adeptly address complex political issues as a host. And his status as an immigrant and a person of color would be refreshing at a ceremony that historically has had problems acknowledging the work of minorities.
But if Nanjiani doesn’t get the honor next year, there are some other options. We’d love to see Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph tag-team the awards show, for example. Regardless of who gets picked, we hope to see some fresh, funny faces hosting the 2019 Oscars.