Or, rather, "Steven Spielberg" responded.
Kumail Nanjiani co-wrote and starred in the romantic comedy "The Big Sick," which is based on how he met his real-life wife, Emily V. Gordon. It was one of the most egregious snubs of the 2018 Golden Globe Award nominations, which just came out this morning. Steven Spielberg's "The Post," on the other hand, was one of the top nominees.
Proving that he and his film really belonged in that comedy category, Nanjiani followed the nominations by tweeting a plug for his snubbed movie -- *and* creating a new Steven Spielberg meme in the process:
Hey gang. This is Steven Spielberg tweeting from Kumail's phone. My fave movie this yr was The Big Sick. It's avail on Amazon Prime & iTunes & all that. Great movie to watch w the fam. I watched it w my family (the Spielbergs) & we all loved it. Handing phone back to Kumail now.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 11, 2017
Hey @DEADLINE, Steven Spielberg tweeted that! I'll give the phone back to him.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 11, 2017
This is Steven (Spielberg.) I tweeted that. I directed Jaws, ET, BFG. See? I can name 3 of my films. It has to be me. Lincoln. That's 4. That's enough proof for you to retract.https://t.co/Ck2BQMgu9j
Omg. You should be ashamed. Here I'll give the phone back to Steven Spielberg.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 11, 2017
Mike, Steve(n Spielberg) here. Big fan of your work. Not a fan of you calling me a liar. I Always tell the truth. I challenge you to a Duel. Or we can argue & have a real War of the Wor(l)ds! Lincoln. https://t.co/mvtoMgKimd
You know who loved that gag? "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson, who pulled his own Spielberg:
Ok this is Kumail tweeting from Rian's phone- Steven Spielberg stole my phone, he fake-handed it back to me then ran off. If anyone has eyes on Steven Spielberg please tell him I'm not mad I just want my phone back it has wedding pictures on it. Also go see the last jedi on 12/15— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) December 11, 2017
Rian! I forgot to return your phone to you! Shoot! Only option we have now is for me to come over to your house and return it and watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi with you early before it comes out 12/15 in theaters everywhere. (I logged into my twitter on your phone to do this.)— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 11, 2017
Yes! More fans and friends had fun with ... shall we call it Spielberg-ing?:
Kumail, it was great running into you and Steven Spielberg, who was definitely with you. Here's that photo I took of him using your phone to tweet. Sorry my friend Rihanna was blocking you in the pic. pic.twitter.com/Tyt6oMSQP2— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) December 11, 2017
I am passing Steven Spielberg my phone. "To further prove I tweeted from Kumail's phone, I want to sincerely apologize for A.I." He handed phone back to me. I think that settles the matter.— Ron Waxman (@RonWaxman) December 11, 2017
Steven asked Kumail to not share their selfie, but I snapped this picture of it. pic.twitter.com/4SyIM2ROLv— Brett (@IdealGasLaw) December 11, 2017
Hey bill collectors. This is Steven Spielberg tweeting from Faith's phone. Stop calling Faith asking for student loans & all that. My family (the Spielbergs) thinks Faith should get a 5 year deferment because this comedy thing is blowing up soon. Handing phone back to Faith now.— Faith Choyce (@faithchoyce) December 11, 2017
This is Steven Spielberg tweeting from Danielle's phone telling all media companies to pay her any outstanding invoices before the end of the month. Ok giving the phone back to Danielle now.— Danielle Sepulveres (@ellesep) December 11, 2017
Hey gang. This is Steven Spielberg tweeting from Tim's phone. My favorite person in the world other than my family (the Spielbergs). He is looking for work in the TV and film industry and all that. He's such a swell guy! Anyways, I gotta go. Handing the phone back to Tim now! L8!— cafè (@timbrownies) December 11, 2017
Steven Spielberg should find a way to reference all of this at the Golden Globes -- or the Oscars, if "The Big Sick" gets a nod there.
Spielberg directed "The Post," which earned him a best director Golden Globe nod. Here's what he did say (via THR) in reaction to that film's nominations:
"I am thrilled by today's recognition by the HFPA and particularly happy for our nominees who made this movie happen —Meryl and Tom, Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger, and of course, John Williams. I only wish Kay Graham were still here to experience how much her story affects all of us."
As "Steven" noted, "The Big Sick" is now available on digital, streaming, and disc. "The Post" opens December 22.
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