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Issa Rae’s banter a golden moment from the Oscar nominations announcement

Issa Rae of "Insecure" spoke Jan. 15 at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif.
Issa Rae of "Insecure" spoke Jan. 15 at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif.Amy Sussman/Getty Images

The best part of the Oscar nominations announcement this past Monday was Issa Rae’s aside, delivered after she read the names of the all-male list of directors selected by the Academy this year: “Congratulations to those men.” Rae said it with almost invisible shade — almost being the key component — and, of course, the Internet took full note.

Asked to comment on her aside this week at the TCA press tour on the West Coast, Rae said, “John Cho and I were told to banter for five seconds so that was my banter — I didn’t lie. I said congratulations and there were men there.” I love it.

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Meanwhile, Rae’s HBO series, “Insecure,” has just gotten a return date: April 12. Details are few regarding the story lines in the 10-episode season 4, but we do know that Molly (Yvonne Orji) will deal with her first real, long-term relationship with Andrew (Alexander Hodge, now a series regular).


Matthew Gilbert can be reached at matthew.gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.