Benedict Cumberbatch jokes he was “beaten by Will Smith” at the Oscars during SNL

Benedict Cumberbatch joked he was “beaten by Will Smith” at the Oscars while hosting Saturday Night Live.

The British actor, 45, made his second appearance on the popular US comedy show alongside musical guests Arcade Fire.

During his opening monologue, Cumberbatch joked that most of the sketches he was suggested for the show revolved around his Marvel character.

He said: “Most of them were about Doctor Strange. I love the guy, I love playing the character. The movie is doing really well, but I’ve been in other movies.”

Cumberbatch joked that he was asked “Like what?” and replied, “Well, The Power Of The Dog for starters,” before adding, “Come on man, I got nominated for an Oscar for that. I didn’t win. I mean, I got beat by Will Smith.”

After a pause, he added, “No, not physically!”

Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage at the Academy Awards in March after the comedian made a joke about his wife’s short haircut, which was the result of hair loss.

Cumberbatch had been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but Smith won the award for his performance in King Richard minutes after the slap took place.

The incident has become the source of many jokes and has sparked fears among some comedians that they are no longer safe when performing in public.

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Will Smith issued a public apology to Chris Rock after beating the comedian at the Oscars (PA)

Cumberbatch also used his SNL appearance to joke about Johnny Depp’s ongoing libel case with ex-wife Amber Heard and a leaked document that suggests the US Supreme Court may be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling repeal legislation that legalized abortion across the country.

He said: “While I was cleaning up the hole in the side of the castle where we poop and it then falls through the sky into a hole filled with human feces, I started thinking about abortion.”

Cumberbatch then added, “Don’t you think we should make a law about it?”

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness hits UK cinemas on May 6 and stars Cumberbatch alongside Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Olsen and Rachel McAdams.

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