Oscars 2018: 7 best jokes from Jimmy Kimmel's opening monologue

Actor Helen Mirren onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center

Oscars 2018: 7 best jokes from Jimmy Kimmel's opening monologue

Tonight is the 2018 Academy Awards, aka The Oscars, and The Shape of Water leads with 13 nominations. With a woman and a black man among the directors, this year's awards have the potential to be noteworthy and exciting.

Host Kimmel called out Weinstein in his opening speech, praising the academy for expelling the disgraced mogul. The nominees and films represent an especially diverse and talented group this year, and late-night king Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the Oscars for the second year in a row.

"Jimmy kimmel just mentioned the never again movement in his Oscars speech. ok wow", Sarah Chadwick, a Stoneman Douglas student and #NeverAgain activist, wrote on Twitter.

"We don't make movies like "Call Me By Your Name" to make money", said Kimmel.

Given his more politically-charged monologues recently on "Jimmy Kimmel Live", there are sure to be some Trump jokes - and disses.

Kimmel must navigate the #MeToo sexual misconduct scandal that has rocked Hollywood in front of a live audience of A-list celebrities, many of whom say they are victims, as well as millions watching at home.

"This is a night for positivity".

He then joked: 'This is how clueless Hollywood is about women.

Elsewhere, awards were spread around, recognizing first-timers, LGBT issues and films inspired by other cultures. Philip Seymour Hoffman died in 2014. We have also gathered live stream information for all the red carpet specials, which can be found here. They declared La La Land to be the winners instead of Moonlight. It's proof that Hollywood still has a long way to go. Bridges worked on "Phantom Thread". "Coco" is up for best animated feature at tonight's ceremony.

To give Academy Awards fans even more behind-the-scenes content, Spider-Man actor and "Avengers: Infinity War" star Tom Holland will be updating the official Instagram page. "Kind of all you need to know", Kimmel said.

In another topical moment, Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani joined Kenyan-born Lupita Nyong'o to salute the so-called Dreamers - immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children and here without permanent protection from deportation.

"Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundations of America", Nyong'o said. "We brought you some goodies!"

No Golden Globes-style fashion protest was held by organizers of Time's Up, the initiative begun by several hundred prominent women in entertainment to combat sexual harassment. And the Oscars telecast still went over by 53 minutes. Greta Gerwig (also nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay) has chosen to make her directorial debut a coming-of-age story about Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) set in Sacramento, Calif.

The movie about a mute cleaning woman who falls in love with a odd river creature had gone into the ceremony with a leading 13 nominations, and won a total of four Academy Awards.

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