Jimmy Kimmel, this year’s Oscar host, took aim at President Donald Trump throughout the night and even tweeting at him during one of his segments.
Kimmel taking jabs at Trump:
During his opening monologue, Kimmel poked fun at Trump ‘I want to say thank you to President Trump… remember last year when it seemed the Oscars were racist? ‘That’s gone, thanks to him,’ he said to the A list audience.
Later, he went on Twitter, Trump’s favorite social media platform and wrote : ‘Hey @realDonaldTrump u up?’
Kimmel then got serious for a moment and addressed how divided the country was, saying that America could be made great again if people reached out to someone they disagreed with to have a positive conversation.
Kimmel also encouraged the crown to give Meryl Streep a standing ovation, Referring to her as “highly overrated” which was a jab at Trump who had previously called the 20 times Oscar nominated actress just that after she criticized him in a speech.
The comedian also alluded to Sean Spicer’s exclusion of some reporters from a briefing on Friday, saying that reporters from CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and others needed to leave, and he called them “fake news”
He was quick to also turn on close friend and pretend-enemy Matt Damon as he called on people to bury the hatchet with people they might not agree with amid America’s disunity.
‘I would like to bury the hatchet with someone I’ve had issues with… Matt Damon,’ he said.
‘When I first met Matt, I was the fat one. He’s a selfish person, but Matt did something very unselfish. He could have starred in Manchester by the Sea… but he gave that role to Casey Affleck.’
He pointed out that Damon went on to star in a ‘Chinese ponytail movie instead and that movie went on to lose $80 million. Smooth move dumba**.’
Politically charged ceremony:
Cheryl Boone, Academy President Isaacs gave a speech about diversity in the heels of the Oscars facing backlash in 2016. She said that the film industry was becoming more diverse and inclusive by the day. ”Tonight is proof that art has no borders, no single language and does not belong to a single faith. The power of art is that it transcends all these things,” she added.
Alessandro Bertolazzi, Oscar winning Italian makeup artist was the first to mention politics in his acceptance speech. He dedicated his win in the makeup and hair-styling category to all the immigrants.
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won best foreign film for his drama The Salesman. The director did not attend the ceremony to protest Trump’s immigration ban. He said in a statement “I’m sorry I’m not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and the other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the U.S. and our enemies’ categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression. Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and other. An empathy which we need today more than ever.’
Gael García Bernal, the Mexican actor, spoke up as he presented an award saying: “I’m against any form of wall that wants to separate us.”
The directors of the winning animated film, Zootopia had something to say about tolerance as well. Co-director Rich Moore said: “We are so grateful to audiences to audiences all over the world who embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other.”
Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight said while accepting the Oscar for adapted screenplay that people who don’t feel like they have support can look to the American Civil Liberties Union and artists over the next four years. “All you people who feel like there’s no mirror for you… we have your back,” he said.