'The Nightly Show' Takes On The Oscars' Diversity Problem

Larry Wilmore talks about the "awkward racial reality" of Oscar night.

Larry Wilmore and "The Nightly Show" weighed in yesterday (February 23) on the whiteness and weirdness of this year's Oscars, with a monologue that pointedly addressed the ceremony's nod to its wee diversity problem.

For starters, Wilmore gave a thumbs up to host Neil Patrick Harris' opening joke about celebrating the "best and whitest, er, brightest" of Hollywood.

"You acknowledge the awkward racial reality of the evening, and then you move on," said Wilmore, approvingly.

The only problem: Harris kind of ruined it when he singled out Octavia Spencer for suitcase-watching duties, with Wilmore saying, "You can't make a joke about how white the Oscars are, then literally turn around and make Octavia Spencer the help."


Wilmore also touched upon the many progressive moments in Sunday's speeches, including Graham Moore's wildly applauded message to "Stay weird, stay different." (The only problem with that moment: John Travolta might have taken the advice to let his freak flag fly a little bit too seriously when he took the stage with Idina Menzel.)

Check out the video above for Wilmore's full monologue, including more Oscar night commentary plus a deep dive on Rudy Guiliani's recent comments about President Obama's supposed lack of love for the U.S.