Jimmy Kimmel returns as the host of the 2018 Oscars, to deliver a funny (as always) opening monologue, touching on some serious subjects as well. At the beginning of the show, an fake announcement that Mario Lopez’s street fighters would not be shown this evening. A vintage “short film”, showing footage from years past at the event, was shown. In the film, jokes were made at some of the nominees’ expenses, showing them live in the audience, but in black and white. Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Selma Hayek were some of the celebrities the “film” focused on.
This is Jimmy Kimmel’s second consecutive year hosting the Oscars, and, prior to the awards show, Kimmel joked to Vanity Fair that this year, “I’m gonna do basically the same thing but with different jokes. It’s kind of the same drill. I feel like I learned little things, subtle things. Every time you do something like this you gain wisdom because the audience is not like the audience of your talk show. They’re not there to see you. You’re there to see them, so it’s just a different approach.” Kimmel also said that he would be bringing up the Time’s Up and #MeToo movement in his monologue. Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney is one of the lead writers for his Oscars gig this year. The two have worked together for years and that’s even how they met.
When talking about the pressure that comes with writing the jokes for the biggest awards show in Hollywood, McNearney tells Vanity Fair that, “Last year, we had to figure out what our balance was, with how much was too much Trump. This year, it’s probably going to be that, plus sexual harassment.” McNearney also said that the gig is “a lot of fun”.
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