Oscars 2018: Some of the best moments from the 90th Academy Awards.
Jimmy Kimmel's Opening Monologue
The late-night host, repeating as Oscar emcee, did not shy away from the politics of the time but did so in his sly, deft way. He first joked about the La La Land/Moonlight fiasco of last year, warning actors, “This year when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away. Give us a minute.” He also pointed to the Oscar statuette and called him the perfect man for our times: “Just look at him. Keeps his hands where you can see them. Never says a rude word. And most importantly, no penis at all! He is literally a statue of limitations. And that’s the kind of man we need more of in this town.”
Helen Mirren and the jet ski
Kimmel gave an incentive to winners to keep their acceptance speeches short: The chance to win a jet ski (Kimmel promised to time all the speeches). Helen gamely did her game-show best to show off the lime green jet ski, valued at US$17,999.
First major award winner, Sam Rockwell for supporting actor, even said, “Okay, run that clock, Jimmy. I want to get that Ski Jet or whatever that was.” Later, Kimmel would wager a trip to Lake Havasu and a 3-day, 2-night stay at a budget hotel to sweeten the deal. When Jordan Peele won for original screenplay and people kept clapping, he joked, “Thank you. You guys are gonna mess up my jet ski, hold up.
Armie Hammer and Gal Gadot present hair and makeup. Just probably the best-looking pair of presenters ever.
Academy veterans look vibrant and young
We are talking about Eva Marie Saint, spritely as ever at 93, and Rita Moreno, and good-natured running joke Christopher Plummer, the oldest nominee for an acting award at the age of 88.
Steven Spielberg in the audience
Kimmel questions who he is, feigning ignorance. Steven says, “I’m married to Kate Capshaw.” Kimmel then asks if he has pot. Steven keeps a poker face. Kimmel deadpans, “Oh, sorry, I didn’t realise we were on.”
Kobe Bryant wins!
Aussie winner! Lee Smith wins for editing for Dunkirk. “I just want to say this is the most awesome thing that can happen to a guy like me.”
For the complete winners list, click here.
Celebrities go to the movies to surprise the public
Last year, the public came to the show. This year, Kimmel and A-listers like Gal Gadot and Margot Robbie brought candy and a hot dog gun to a theatre of unsuspecting moviegoers for their moment on TV:
Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph
The funniest co-presenters, especially Tiffany for getting a wave and banter with Meryl Streep. Tiffany adds, “Hey Meryl, I want you to be my mama one day. Let’s get the money, girl!"
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway back to present, with all confidence, the Best Picture Oscar to The Shape of Water.