Scarlett Johansson has now hosted SNL four times—which was a surprise when I looked her up to see if she’d ever hosted before. She has, of course—she’s only one return away from joining the Five-Timer’s Club, for crying out loud—but even though I realized I’d seen every one of her three previous appearances (her last was in 2010), they’d all drifted out of memory. Which isn’t to say that Johansson’s a bad host—here, as ever, she was game, professional, and thoroughly acceptable. If she didn’t burn the show down with electricity, she was more than serviceable.
The use of musical number as crutch in the monologue has gone past cliché, but not far enough so it’s come around as funny again. At least in demonstrating her inappropriate lullaby of “Love To Love You Baby” (complete with gyrations and Solid Gold-esque backing milfs (“mothers in lots of films,” according to Johansson), the song was more of an excuse for Kenan Thompson and Taran Killam to make inappropriate near O-faces (Killam’s were pretty funny). As someone who has—perhaps unwisely—ventured into the professional singing arena herself, at least Johansson doesn’t appear to take herself too seriously here, which is always an asset for a host.
Scarlett Johansson (/dʒoʊˈhænsən/ joh-han-sən; born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model, and singer. She made her film debut in North (1994). In 1996, she was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in Manny & Lo, garnering further acclaim and prominence with roles in The Horse Whisperer (1998) and Ghost World (2001). She shifted to adult roles with her performances in Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) and Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003), for which she won a BAFTA award for Best Actress in a Leading Role; both films earned her Golden Globe Award nominations as well.
Roles in A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) and Woody Allen’s Match Point (2005) earned Johansson two more Golden Globe Award nominations. Her subsequent films included The Island (2005), The Black Dahlia (2006), The Prestige (2006), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) and He’s Just Not That Into You (2009). She has portrayed the Marvel Comics character Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; appearing in Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Johansson’s roles in Don Jon (2013) and Under the Skin (2014) received critical acclaim and she won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in the 2010 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. As a singer, Johansson has released two albums, Anywhere I Lay My Head and Break Up.