Jimmy Kimmel opened the Oscars in the literal opposite of a colorful way — by going black-and-white.
The late-night host — and host of the 90th installment of the Academy Awards — played the role of old-timey broadcaster, giving the stars — or as he called them “godless Hollywood elites” — a vintage news reel treatment as they strolled the red carpet and sat in their seats in the Dolby Theatre.
For Emma Stone, who claimed an Oscar last year for La La Land, he asked: “Will she do it again tonight?” followed by a “No.” According to Kimmel, Call Me by Your Name star Armie Hammer was “born when a witch put a curse on a Ken doll.” For The Darkest Hour star and nominee Gary Oldman, Kimmel offered: “If you loved Gary in Forrest Gump, you’re thinking of Gary Sinise.”
And when Black Panther‘s Chadwick Boseman was spotted, Kimmel mused, “Imagine a country with a black leader? Wouldn’t that be swell?”
Boseman’s Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong’o was praised as “stunning” before Kimmel noted, “She was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya. Let the tweetstorm from the President’s toilet begin!” For the record, the first Trump joke came less than two minutes into the broadcast.
Last year, the Oscars opened with Justin Timberlake kicking off the festivities by performing “Can’t Stop the Feeling” before tossing to Kimmel, who was hosting for the first time.
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