On Sunday, while Hollywood vented its anger against Donald Trump Sunday, it gave La La Land a lot of Oscars — but as it turned out, not the biggest prize, after the biggest mistake in Academy Awards history. Aside from the error, Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel lived up to his promise to use his platform to make political statements. During his opening monologue, he admitted that many people asked him to use his job as host to help unite the country. However, Kimmel, said he’s not the man to do that.
“There’s only one ‘Braveheart’ in the room,” Kimmel said as the camera turned towards Mel Gibson, who is nominated again this year for his new film “Hacksaw Ridge.” “And he’s not going to unite us either,” he told a laughing audience.
He also pointed out what an honor it was for those who get to come up on the Oscars stage and give a speech that the president will “tweet about in all caps during his 5 am bowel movement tomorrow.”
Continuing his blaze of humor, Kimmel also took a jab at Trump when he introduced Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “It’s nice to have a president who believes in both arts and sciences.”
Kimmel did not forget to mention Trump’s feud with Meryl Streep who he called “overrated” after she spoke out against him at this year’s Golden Globes.”
“Meryl Streep has phoned it in for more than 50 films over the course of her lackluster career,” Kimmel joked. “She wasn’t even in a movie this year – we just wrote her name in out of habit.”
That’s not actually true. Streep is nominated for Best Actress in “Florence Foster Jenkins.”)
Kimmel then led the crowd in a round of applause for Streep. “Please join me in giving Meryl Streep a totally undeserved round of applause. The highly overrated Meryl Streep, everyone.”
As a parting shot at the Trump family, Kimmel added. “Nice dress by the way – is that an Ivanka?”
Later on in the show, Kimmel said he was worried that Trump hadn’t tweeted at him. So he took out his phone and tweeted at the president.
Hey @realDonaldTrump u up?
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2017
Trump was also on the mind of one of even the evening’s first prize winners: makeup artist Alessandro Bertolazzi, co-winner of the Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for the supervillain adventure Suicide Squad.
“I’m an immigrant,” he said. “I’m from Italy, but I work around the world. This is for all the immigrants.”