Sunday’s Oscars posted historic lows in ratings.
The rather uneventful show featured host Jimmy Kimmel and various actors and actresses lobbing jokes at the conservative worldview and the Trump administration.
The opening sequence highlighted actress Lupita Nyong’o heritage and joked about how the president would tweet about it from his toilet. “The stunning Lupita Nyong’o. She was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya. Let the tweet storm from the president’s toilet begin,” the announcer said to laughs from the glittery crowd.
Kimmel took the stage and joked that Trump thought the movie “Get Out” was “the best first three-quarters of a movie this year.” The premise of “Get Out” involves white people entrapping and auctioning off black people to supplant their consciousnesses into.
Kimmel said the movie “Call Me by Your Name,” which is a film about a romance between a grown man and a 17-year old boy, was made to piss off Vice President Mike Pence. “We don’t make films for money,” Kimmel said, “We make them to upset Mike Pence. Right?”
Kimmel told the celebrities that they should encourage viewers to “join the amazing students from Parkland at their March on the 24th” in their thank-you speeches. Other speakers complimented the DREAMers and criticized Trump’s plan to build a borer wall. A song was sang during the performance that featured these progressive lyrics:
♪ On Oscar night this is the dream we tell a land where dreamers live and freedom dwells ♪
♪ immigrants get the benefits we put up monuments for the feminists ♪
♪ tell the NRA ♪
♪ they in god’s way ♪
♪ and to the people of parkland we say ♪
♪ sentiments of love for the people from Africa Haiti to Puerto Rico ♪
♪ you can have all the money in your hands all the possessions ♪
♪ anyone can ever have but it’s all worthless treasure ♪
♪ true worth is only measured not by what you got ♪
♪ but what you got in your heart ♪
In comparison to the attacks on conservatives, the stars were relatively mum on the elephant in the room. This was the first Oscars since the Harvey Weinstein scandal last fall. Weinstein was only mentioned in a short segment Kimmel gave in his opening monologue. Kimmel noted how the Academy had to “expel Harvey Weinstein from their ranks.”
Kimmel said “What happened with Harvey, what’s happening all over was long overdue. We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore. The world is watching us. We need to set an example. And the truth is, if we are successful here, if we can work together to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, if we can do that, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time at every other place they go.”
And that was it for mentions of Harvey Weinstein.