Ellen Degeneres Takes Aim At Hollywood’s Knowledge Of Africa In Announcing Best Supporting Nominees

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Ellen Degeneres Takes Aim At Hollywood's Knowledge Of Africa In Announcing Best Supporting Nominees

When Ellen Degeneres introduced Lupita Nyong’o, she explained that because the Best Supporting Actress nominee is from Kenya, she is “a Kenyan,” which in and of itself could have been a joke about the celebrity fixation on Africa. But it got even better when she explained that Best Supporting Actor nominee Barkhad Abdi is “from Somalia. He is a sommelier, so he knows a lot about wine.” That’s pretty brutal and great. In between that little bit, and Ellen’s joke that movies aren’t the most important thing in life, youth is, she’s off to low-key, but pretty well-calibrated start.

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