For the second year in a row the Oscars was host-less, but Rock and Steve Martin took to the stage at the top of the awards show and delivered a hilarious speech.
The comedic legends poked fun at the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations but their best jokes were arguably about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is worth more than $185 billion, and was seated in the audience.
Here are the best jokes from Rock and Martin.
On Kevin Hart getting dropped as host of last year’s Oscars over homophobic tweets
Martin: You know, I was thinking today, Chris, that we both have hosted the Oscars before and this is such an incredible demotion. They don’t really have hosts anymore. Why is that?
Rock: Twitter. Everybody’s got an embarrassing tweet somewhere. I know I do.
On La La Land incorrectly being announced Best Picture winner instead of Moonlight
Martin: A couple of years ago, there was a big disaster here at the Oscars where they accidentally read out the wrong name, and it was nobody’s fault, but they have guaranteed that this will not happen this year, because the Academy has switched to the new Iowa caucus app. But what a night!
On Mahershala Ali
Rock: Mahershala Ali is here tonight. Mahershala has two Oscars. You know what that means when the cops pull him over? Nothing.
On Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who got divorced in 2019
Rock: Jeff Bezos is here.
Martin: Oh, wow, great actor.
Rock: He’s got cash. When he writes the cheque, the bank bounces. Jeff Bezos is so rich, he got divorced and he’s still the richest man in the world. He saw Marriage Story and thought it was a comedy. Steve, do you have anything you want to add about Mr. Bezos?
Martin: No, I like getting my packages on time.
On no females being nominated in the Best Director category
Rock: There’s so many — so many great directors nominated this year.
Martin: I don’t know, Chris, I thought there was something missing from the list this year.
Martin: Yes, yes.
On Best Picture nominee Ford v Ferrari
Rock: Ford v Ferrari is nominated. I’ve got to tell you. I’ve got a Ford. I’ve got a Ferrari. It ain’t even close. It’s like Halle Berry versus gum disease.
On the lack of African-American nominees
Martin: Cynthia Erivo is here tonight.
Rock: Yes, Cynthia Erivo is here tonight. Cynthia did such a great job in Harriet hiding black people that the Academy got her to hide all the black nominees.
Martin: Well, you know, Chris, think how much the Oscars have changed in the past 92 years.
Rock: Yeah, they’ve changed a lot, Steve.
Martin: Yeah, they have. In 1929, there were no black acting nominees.
Rock: And now, in 2020, we got one.
Martin: Yeah. Amazing growth! Well, we’ve had a great time not hosting tonight.