Jimmy Kimmel was the HOST with the MOST at the 90th annual Academy Awards. And when we say ‘MOST’, we mean most jabs at the establishment of course..and then some. Kimmel kicked off his monologue for the 90th Academy Awards by making fun of last year’s epic best picture mix-up, when “La La Land” was briefly awarded the prize instead of the real winner, “Moonlight.”
“This year, when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away,” Kimmel deadpanned. “Just give us a minute.”
Kimmel offered that maybe the PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants who botched the envelopes last year were just trying to do a comedy routine that didn’t go over so well.
“This time, the chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers said, and I quote, ‘Our singular focus will be on the show and delivering the correct envelopes,’ which does make sense,” Kimmel said. “Just out of curiosity, what was your focus the other 89 years?”
Then he segued into some more controversial topics. He touched on women and minorities in film as well:
“I remember a time when the major studios didn’t believe a woman or a minority could open a superhero movie — and the reason I remember that time was because it was March of last year.” Of course piggybacking off of the sucess of “Black Panther’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ at the box office.
“Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million to reshoot his scenes [in ‘All the Money in the World’] while Michelle Williams for the reshoots got per diem — she was paid $80 a day for the same thing. And what made it especially unfair is that Mark and Michelle are represented by the same agency. And I have to admit, this story really surprised me. This one shook me, because if we can’t trust agents — who can we trust?”
“A film that’s up for 13 Oscars is ‘The Shape of Water,’ written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, a wonderful man … and thanks to Guillermo, we will always remember this year as the year men screwed up so badly, women started dating fish.”
Harvey Weinstein was OF COURSE a HOT TOPIC in the momologue:
“The academy, as you are no doubt aware, took action last year to expel Harvey Weinstein from their ranks. There were a lot of great nominees, but Harvey deserved it the most. “But what happened with Harvey, and what’s happening all over, was long overdue. We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore. The world is watching us. We need to set an example. And the truth is, if we are successful here, if we can work together to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, if we can do that, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time at every other place they go.”
And of COURSE, Kimmel had to go in on the Commander in Chief:
“Jordan [Peele] is only the third person in 90 years to be nominated for directing, writing and best picture for his debut film. And what a debut it was. None other than President Trump called ‘Get Out’ the best first three-quarters of a movie this year.”
In the brief skit leading into the monologue: “Wow, the stunning Lupita Nyong’o — she was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya. Let the tweetstorm from the president’s toilet begin.”
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) March 5, 2018