Oscar winner Octavia Spencer currently stars in Hidden Figures, one of the most critically acclaimed hit movies of the year. Unfortunately, the film's title has been often mixed up with the film Fences. Octavia Spencer's Saturday Night Live monologue mocked the "Hidden Fences" mix up in such a hilarious way on the March 4 episode. "So many people keep coming up to me and saying, 'I loved you in 'Hidden Fences'," she told the audience during her opening monologue. "I get it. There were three black movies this year. That's a lot for America to handle."
Spencer joked that she wanted to profit off this egregious mix up with her own movie, which combines Hidden Figures, Fences, and Best Picture Oscar-winner Moonlight. "'Hidden Fence Light,'" she said, as a poster combining the three films flashed onto the screen. "It's the story of three black women who send an introspective black boy to build a fence on the moon." It was a hilarious way to mock the unfortunate mix up of two amazing movies that deserve to be known for their own merits rather than constantly lumped together. Throughout awards season, many presenters and red carpet hosts found themselves making the error and referring to Hidden Figures as "Hidden Fences."
And Spencer expressed relief that awards season is done in her monologue. "I've spent the last four months of my life at awards shows doing interviews, walking red carpets, so this is my first night out of my Spanx. I'm just kidding; I'm still wearing Spanx."
Spencer also highlighted some of the lack of diversity in her roles throughout her career, pointing out that she has played characters who are nurses a whopping 16 times. "I did it so many times that when i played a maid, they gave me an Oscar," Spencer said in her monologue, referring to her role in the film The Help. She chalked it up to what she called "resting nurse face."
But on SNL, Spencer is truly showing her versatility in many different funny characters and she hasn't played any nurses — yet.