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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.