There was a lot of conversation going into the 90th Academy Awards this year. The movie industry went through a lot last year with the rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the ousting of Harvey Weinstein and a dozen other men accused of sexual harassment and assault. There's also the matter of last year's high-profile calamity involving Best Picture, so returning host Jimmy Kimmel had a lot of topics to tackle. Kimmel did indeed tackle all of these subjects with some hard and honest jokes and we felt that these were the three best from the host's opening monologue.
You knew going into tonight that there was no way that Jimmy Kimmel wasn't going to address the single worst moment in Oscar history when presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong card and famously named La La Land as Best Picture instead of Moonlight. The Academy has worked hard to move past that moment, but Kimmel had just a little advice for anyone who gets called to the stage tonight. As he put it:
This year when you hear your name called, don't get up right away. Give us a minute. We don't want another thing.
Second, one of the biggest stories from the tail-end of last year was the report there was a huge pay discrepancy between Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams for the reshoots of All the Money in the World. While Wahlberg received over a million dollars, Williams was only paid $80 dollars per day. Wahlberg went on to donate that money, but the fact that the two of them were represented by the same agency didn't make things better. Hollywood agents don't have the best reputation when it comes to honesty, something Kimmel was happy to point out in a joke that played very well in a room full of actors. Kimmel said:
I have to admit, this story really surprised me. This one shook me because if we can't trust agents, who can we trust?
Finally, everyone knows that Oscar speeches can tend to run long. Hey, it's a long show, but that's why it has a host to help move things along. This year, Kimmel wants to make this the shortest ceremony as possible. Rather than play people off the stage, he challenged all the winners with a contest: whoever has the shortest speech at the end of the night will win a free jet ski! The jet ski was brought out on stage, and it had Helen Mirren with it and everything! (Helen Mirren is not included with jet ski.)
This being his second time hosting the Oscars show, Kimmel was a bit more relaxed, but had to tackle some heavy subject matter. That's hard to do and be funny at the same time, but Kimmel showed that he knew how to get serious at the appropriate moment as well. There was more material that Kimmel covered, but it's a long night and the comedian is bound to have more jokes. Plus, we have to see who takes home the jet ski!
Stay tuned with CinemaBlend for more Oscar coverage as the night goes on, and you can keep up who is taking home the golden trophies by looking through our winners list.