Though Zooey Deschanel was the host of this week’s Saturday Night Live, she was upstaged by two of its guests: Jean Dujardin and Nicolas Cage. Both came to promote and mock their movies, and it made for one of the all around best SNL’s in a while (though the musical guests were a low point). Dujardin, who would win the BAFTA for best actor the next day, came to do a musical number, while Cage went to the update desk to talk about his latest Ghost Rider film. Check it out…

The writers at SNL can be a bit nerdy, so it seems they gave a shout out to Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc – one of the great silent films but hardly something that many of its viewers would have seen. That said, it’s hard to tell what Andy Samberg is exactly riffing on. Still, it’s a charming sketch.

And on Update, Nicolas Cage plays it perfectly straight-faced against Samberg’s impression of him. It’s funny and shows that he’s in on the joke without being too cutsey about it. The two make a good comic team together, and- unlike Mark Wahlberg‘s appearance on the show – it never feels like its trying too hard.

On top of that, Deschanel did a sketch with Abby Elliot where Eliot did Deschanel to Deschanel. Like I said, it was a good week for SNL.

Did you have another sketch you loved on SNL this week?