In terms of major Oscar moments, it was always going to be hard to top the 2017 Best Picture announcement debacle. But host Jimmy Kimmel and the writers of the 2018 Academy Awards tried their very best to make the ceremony as funny — and as seamless — as possible, while still providing a good dose of viral-worthy entertainment. How did they do?
There were a few misses, including the pre-taped opening segment and spending lots of time on gags only to see the producers of The Shape of Water unable to speak when accepting their Best Picture award. But there were some definite hits, too.
No doubt most of the Oscar-viewing audience was paying especially close attention to the final award of the night to see if Beatty and Dunaway would crack under the extra scrutiny.
“It’s so nice seeing you again,” said Beatty when he greeted the crowd alongside Dunaway to present the Best Picture award — on the 51st anniversary of their Bonnie and Clyde, joked Kimmel. There were no screw-ups this time, and the duo awarded the final statue of the night to The Shape of Water.
no one is running on stage, no one is confused, they did it! GDT is being delightful. Thank goodness. So happy for The Shape of Water ❤️ #oscars
— Ruth (@RuthElizabeth_R) March 5, 2018
The Shape of Water is a movie that will never leave me. The connection was so strong. It feels remarkable for a movie like this to win best picture at the #Oscars 🌊💚
— caffeine queen 🌊🎃 (@KaylaSpeaksNow) March 5, 2018
The night was filled with plenty of political messages, and even a segment about the Time’s Up movement (and Emma Stone’s introduction of the five Best Director nominees by name-checking the only female among them, Greta Gerwig). McDormand used her acceptance speech for Best Actress (for Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri) to shout out her fellow female nominees — not just in her category, but in all categories — and encourage Hollywood to work with them. She also had the world googling “Inclusion Rider”.
Frances McDormand is a gd goddess and she is all the woman goals and I think I’m in love with her #Oscars
— Emily Bridges (@JuniperJoCo) March 5, 2018
— Tanya Lemke (@tanyalemke) March 5, 2018
Yes Frances! We DO all have stories to tell and projects that need financed!!! Even those of us not in that room tonight. PREACH! #oscars
— Erin Bethea (@ErinBethea) March 5, 2018
Meanwhile, when Jordan Peele accepted his Best Original Screenplay award for Get Out, he thanked “everyone who let me raise my voice.” As only the third person ever to be nominated in the Screenplay, Directing, and Best Picture categories for his first feature film, and the first black screenwriter to win Best Original Screenplay, his words carried extra weight for many (including his Key and Peele costar and cowriter Keegan Michael Key).
A big Congratulations to Jordan Peele. I think #GetOut is one of those films that has now seeped its way into the culture & will be talked about, discussed, and learned from for decades. @JordanPeele #Oscars #AcademyAwards2018
— Evan (@EBoyajy) March 5, 2018
— 𝓪𝓵𝓵𝒾 (@allisonalright) March 5, 2018
Much like Kimmel’s 2017 bit where he brought unsuspecting Hollywood star tour sightseers into the theater, this year he brought the stars to the unsuspecting public — a group of moviegoers who were watching a special screening of A Wrinkle in Time. Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Mark Hamill, Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more stars to invaded the theater and handed out snacks. There was even a hot dog cannon.
Moral of the Story: being “stuck” in the front row at the movie theater pays off eventually. #Oscars
— Lil Pablo from 27th (@pa_bee_low) March 5, 2018
— Jessie (@JessicaGrace387) March 5, 2018
Ansel Elgort shooting a hot dog out of a cannon for me to eat while I watch a movie is a mood and now my next goal. #Oscars
— Ariana (@BabettesOatmeal) March 5, 2018
“Don’t aim the hotdogs at the vegetarians” – Jimmy Kimmel 2018 Oscars
— anne (@Styles_Anne_) March 5, 2018
Did you know that in addition to starring in an incredible number of award-winning movies and being one of the most celebrated living actresses, Mirren also moonlights as a jet ski model? She does on Oscars night, at least. Mirren introduced the jet ski joke in the opening monologue — Kimmel promised a jet ski to the shortest speech of the night — delighting the audience in the Dolby and those watching at home. Likely less delighted, however, were the Shape of Water producers who didn’t get to speak at the end of the ceremony to make room for a callback to the Mirren–jet ski gag.
— Watch what you love 📺 (@Sandraxf) March 5, 2018
Riding a jet ski with Helen Mirren is now top of my bucket list #Oscar2018
— Amanda Deibert 🏳️🌈 (@amandadeibert) March 5, 2018
Unlike some of the pre-shows, host Kimmel’s monologue didn’t shy away from the hottest topics of the day: harassment in Hollywood, the politics of Black Panther, pay disparity, Parkland students, and, of course, last year’s Best Picture gaffe. There was also a separate Time’s Up segment later in the show, which many were happy to see — others were less happy to see politics mixing with entertainment.
— ABC Network (@ABCNetwork) March 5, 2018
Right off the hop his monologue gets political. Turned off the Oscars. Why can’t it just be about awards.
— Ann Prunier (@mimi021926) March 5, 2018
Enjoyed Jimmy's comical, yet true-to-life opening monologue #oscars
— Marva Smith-Carty (@MarvitaSC) March 5, 2018
— Mat Brunet (AniMat) (@AniMat505) March 5, 2018
What were your favorite and least favorite moments? Leave your thoughts on the ceremony in the comments below.