We can always rely on awards season to be a self-congratulatory parade of beautiful and talented people reflecting on how beautiful and talented their friends are, but this year, the circuit has also been pretty consistent in calling out President Donald Trump and his actions since taking office. The 2017 Oscars were no exception.
Host Jimmy Kimmel kicked things off during his opening monologue with a few subtle jabs, including the fact that the Academy Awards were being broadcast in “225 countries that now hate us,” before going for the jugular:
“I wanna say thank you to President Trump — remember last year when we thought the Oscars were racist?” he quipped.
Later remarking that everyone in the room should feel proud of simply being at the Academy Awards, Kimmel noted, “Some of you will get to come up on this stage tonight and give a speech that the President of the United States will tweet about in all-caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movement tomorrow, and I think that’s pretty darn excellent.”
He followed that zinger with a remark about the Trump administration’s recent decision to block a number of mainstream media outlets from attending a White House press briefing: “If there’s anyone here from CNN, or the LA or New York Times — if you work for anything with the word ‘Times’ in it, even Medieval Times — I’d like to ask you to leave the building right now… We have no tolerance for fake news. Fake tans, we love…”
And he didn’t stop there:
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs also emphasized the importance of unity, and the power of cinema in bringing people together, regardless of their race, religion or country of origin.
“You are part of a community that spans a century, not just a Hollywood community or an American community but a global one, filled with storytellers domestic and international, one that is becoming more inclusive and diverse with each passing day. I’m proud to be part of the evolution of this art form and to see all the…