Meaghan Kirby
January 23, 2018 11:28 am
ABC

On January 23rd, Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis announced the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards and honestly, they were a pretty charming team.

Naturally, there were a number of snubs (ahem, Armie Hammer) and surprises (Phantom Thread’s Lesley Manville!) throughout the half-hour telecast, which revealed the nominees in the 24 competitive categories, but nominations largely followed awards season trends. Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water walked away with the most nominations, receiving 13 nominations. Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk received nine and seven, respectively.

Among other nomination highlights during the telecast were Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and Jordan Peele’s (Get Out) best director nominations, for their respective films; Mary J. Blige’s two noms for best supporting actress for Mudbound and best original song (with Raphael Saadiq & Taura Stinson); and Rachel Morrison became the first woman to be nominated for Best Cinematography for Mudbound.

But the real highlight of the telecast was Haddish, who really livened up the event — and Serkis was clearly loving it. From butchering names with grace to deciding she should probably see Dunkirk, here were just a few of our favorite Tiffany Haddish moments from the 2018 Oscars nomination telecast:

When she decided to see Dunkirk after it received a number of nominations in technical categories.

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When she clearly had no idea Serkis was in The Last Jedi.

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When she announced that “length doesn’t matter,” and Serkis was not prepared for it.

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When she danced for the War for the Planet of the Apes nomination for best visual effects.

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When she was not afraid to go there with the titles for best documentary short — which included Knife SkillsTraffic Stop, and Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405.

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When Daniel Kaluuya’s last name proved to be a real challenge.

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When Serkis suggested they announce Best Picture together and Haddish thought that was a terrible idea.

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…and then she immediately struggled with Luca Guadagnino’s name.

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You can watch the whole announcement video right here:

We honestly don’t think the Oscar nominations telecast could have gone any better (Emmy voters, are you watching?). We definitely want to see Haddish and Serkis re-team for the telecast next year.

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