Jimmy Kimmel celebrated the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements and addressed the Harvey Weinstein scandal in an Oscars opening monologue that was unafraid to confront politics – or the envelope fiasco of last year’s ceremony.
In a speech that was preceded by a parody of a black and white Oscars newsreel, in honour of the 90th anniversary of the Academy Awards, Kimmel began by addressing the incorrect announcement of the best picture award at the 2017 Oscars. “This year, when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away. Give us a minute,” he said.
Kimmel, who was also host at that ceremony, explained that, in advance of the awards, he was asked to contribute to a comic skit with the PriceWaterhouseCooper accountants who are believe to be responsible for handing the wrong best picture envelope to host Warren Beatty. Kimmel said he had declined: “I told the Academy I didn’t want to do comedy with the accountants, so the accountants did the comedy on their own.”
The late night host then pivoted to the sexual abuse scandal that engulfed the entertainment industry last year. He noted that the Oscar statuette is “the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood” due to having “no penis at all. He’s a literal statue of limitations.”