What to expect at the Academy Awards

Kimmel launches Oscars as 'a night of positivity'

Kimmel touts #TimesUp and #MeToo, says it's all about positivity, and we're going to see a tribute to many inspirational movies tonight that all got crushed by Black Panther. "Give us a minute". "This is a big one".

It is a landmark year for the Oscars with the 90th anniversary, and with all of social movements happening right now, it's no surprise the event would get political.

He lauded the actual Oscar statue, noting its age of 90 and taking a swipe at Fox News viewers in the process: "Oscar is 90 years old tonight, which means he's probably at home tonight watching Fox News".

Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday led a star-studded tribute to Hollywood's best in honoring the campaign against sexual misconduct and breakthroughs in racial and ethnic diversity beginning to transform the movie business.

"He's literally a statue of limitations and that's the kind of man we need more of in town", he joked.

The 90 annual Academy Awards created a montage Sunday night to thank moviegoers for nine decades of films that seemed to go on for about 90 years itself. But the past few months have shifted Hollywood's focus to #MeToo and the Time's Up movements.

Prior to the show, Oscars producers had said that they wanted to shine a light on performances rather than concentrating on politics.

"I did it all by myself", she said facetiously to laughter from the audience.

"We can't let bad behavior slide anymore", said Kimmel.

Women sported flowing blue, lavender and white gowns, often embellished with sequins and crystals, in contrast to the black worn en masse at award ceremonies earlier this year to show support for victims of sexual harassment.

Opening the show, Kimmel said: "The Academy, as you are no doubt aware, took action a year ago to expel Harvey Weinstein from their ranks". "MORE: "Unexpected moments that prove anything can happen at the Oscars"'The Shape of Water' has a great chance of winning Best Picture, but it's not a lock", said ABC News' Lesley Messer. But "Call Me by Your Name" is sure to put butterflies in your stomach as it translates a very specific love story into a universal one, and that is why it is my personal pick for Best Picture. We made a movie called What Women Want and it starred Mel Gibson. "And the truth is if we are successful here, if we can work together to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time in every other place they go". Salma Hayek is sitting next to Amphibian Man from The Shape of Water.

Today, the Oscars roll out, and the Academy decides between a romance between a fish-man and a mute woman, or people in a small town being just completely disgusting to each other.

Kimmel ended his monologue by encouraging winners to make passionate speeches about issues they believe him, reminding them of the platform and opportunity they've been given.

The songs you will hear, the host you will see, the leading nominees, the presenters - it's all here.


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