Tiffany Haddish, breakout star of last summer’s Girls Trip, might not have been nominated at last night’s Oscars (March 4), but she went ahead and won the whole thing anyway. From her red carpet interviews to on-stage presenting, she was truly the hero of the night.
The actor turned up to the red carpet wearing an Eritrean dress in memory of her late father. “He said one day I would end up here, and if I ever end up at the Oscars to honour my people,” she told ABC’s Michael Strahan. “So I’m honouring my fellow Eritreans.”
Before she made it into the venue, she also made a beeline for Meryl Streep. Not even being in the middle of an interview – or a rope cordon – would stop her from getting to the icon as she dashed across the carpet, over the rope, and into Meryl’s path.
— Elizabeth Wagmeister (@EWagmeister) March 5, 2018
Later, she changed into a white Alexander McQueen dress, notable for the fact she’s worn it to big events on more than one occasion. That might be something we non-celebs wouldn’t even think twice about, but, in the film industry, it’s rare to see stars recycling their outfits. Add this to the list of things that make Tiffany so damn lovable – and relatable.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 5, 2018
Then came the moment that’s sparked calls for her to host next year’s Oscars, run for office, or just make a Thelma And Louise reboot. Co-presenting two awards alongside Maya Rudolph, the comedians walked out on stage in their slippers and comparing foot injuries from the heels now in their hands. They questioned whether, following the sea change caused by #OscarsSoWhite, the awards were now “too black”.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) March 5, 2018
“We just came from backstage and there are tons of them there,” Tiffany said of white people. “And not just movie stars! There are white people walking around with headsets, white people with clipboards… I’m personally not a fan of white people with clipboards,” she added, “because I’m always thinking, ‘What are they writing down about me?'”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 5, 2018
Meryl, sat on the front row, soon became an affectionate target for her once again. Ahead of presenting her second award of the night, Tiffany looked down at her and told her: “I want you to be my momma one day!” Then, referencing rumours she was trying to get the veteran to play her mum in Girls Trip 2, she declared: “Let’s get this money, girl!” Would hypothetical mum Meryl try to control her wild daughter or try to outdo her? Either way, who doesn’t want to see that dynamic play out?
Really, the night should have just ended there – and with the Academy wheeling all the remaining awards onto the stage and into her arms. Tiffany Haddish was easily the highlight of the Oscars 2018 – a hilarious, beaming, positive force deserving of all trophies, or, at the very least, getting that money.