Watch Angela Bassett Pay Tribute to an Unexpected 'Groundbreaking' Star in Oscars Black History Month Sketch

02/28/2016 AT 10:40 PM EST

Apparently, there is more than one Black History Month.

During the 2016 Oscars on Sunday, Angela Bassett appeared in a pre-taped sketch called the "Black History Month Minute: Oscars Edition," to pay tribute to an iconic performer.

"Hello, I'm Angela Bassett," the actress said. "The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has long acknowledged people of color, and tonight, we honor someone who has shattered barriers with his groundbreaking performances."

She continued, "Whether in serious dramas like Enemy of the State or whimsical animated productions like Shark Tale, or as part of an iconic musical duo when he was a fresher talent."





Just when all signs pointed toward Will Smith, one of the actors of color snubbed in the nominations, Bassett threw a (hilarious) curve ball.

"This man has long been an inspiration to his people," she proclaimed. "You can call him: actor, producer, comedian, musician but we simply call him Jack Black."

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The bit closely followed Chris Rock's daring opening monologue, during which he launched a slew of zingers about the controversy surrounding this year's ceremony.

"Is it burning cross racist? No ... It's a different type of racist," Rock joked during the lengthy speech, adding, "Hollywood is sorority racist. 'We like you Rhonda, but you're not a Kappa.' "
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