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Did Jimmy Kimmel's Jet Ski Bit Work?

Did Jimmy Kimmel's Jet Ski Bit Work?

Held one year ago, the 90th Academy Awards would have very likely been a rose-colored nostalgia fest. 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. Maybe this is not the place, but there's something I want to ask you. I wanted more of that.

"This year when you hear your name called, don't get up right away". He kicked off his monologue 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 victor, "Moonlight". The fallout and response to the exposure of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry was an obvious through line - and honorees like best actress victor Frances McDormand made stands for inclusivity and representation in the industry.

Frances McDormand won best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and persuaded every female nominee to stand with her in a night full of statements about inclusion.

Benj Pasek, who won the Oscar previous year for best Original Song for "La La Land", failed to follow up in the same category for "This Is Me" from "The Greatest Showman", although his song became the unofficial anthem of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Del Toro called his fellow directors "my compadres", saying he was an immigrant like them and had spent the last 25 years living "in a country all of our own" - partly in America, partly in Europe and elsewhere. If you saw the Golden Globes, you already saw all these same people being honored.

On top of insulting Trump voters, this Oscar telecast also promised to be a lecture in favor of gun control (by elitists protected by hundreds of armed guards) and against sexual harassment (by elitists who are either harassers or enablers).

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Although the film was Oscar's front-runner, with a total of 13 nominations, few industry-watchers thought it would take the top prize; Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and Jordan Peele's Get Out all had more buzz for a best picture win, with Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird positioned as a possible consensus victor. The world is watching us, we need to set an example. Gary Oldman nabbed the prize for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour". A Chilean film, Una Mujer Fantastica (A Fantastic Woman), inspired by and starring transgender icon Daniela Vega, won the best foreign language film award. But it's his new partnership with Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve that earned him his long-awaited Oscar for Best Cinematography.

And Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek and Annabella Sciorra - three actresses who've accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct - introduced a video montage on representation and equality during Sunday's ceremony.

Here are five of Kimmel's best lines at the Oscars.

But Gerwig's "Lady Bird" left empty handed, Rachel Morrison did not become the first female cinematography victor (the long-snubbed Roger Deakins got that honor finally for "Blade Runner 2049" after 14 nominations) and Ford was not the first transgender Oscar-winner. It took home the most wins of the evening with best director, production design and score.

As they say, presenting is lovelier the second time around, Dunaway joked.

Along the way, Kimmel also gave a nod to the Parkland students in Florida, poked fun at Donald Trump and Mike Pence, and, with the help of Helen Mirren, offered a free Jet Ski to the Oscar victor with the shortest speech.


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