While there are always many things to look forward to during the Academy Awards, this year, one moment stood out above the rest. Given the current political climate and growing discussion around celebrities' involvement in politics, Jimmy Kimmel's 2017 Oscars monologue was highly anticipated. Would he make a political statement, kicking off the show on a more serious note? Would he stick to jokes about the nominees and attendees? Or would he combine the two? As this transcript of Jimmy Kimmel's Oscars monologue shows, the host actually decided to mix both ideas, with light-hearted commentary on the state of the U.S.
The monologue is always an important part of any awards show, because it dictates the tone of the night. For example, at the 2017 SAG Awards, there was no host, but Ashton Kutcher opened the show with a passionate speech about the immigration ban. The rest of the night followed suit, with many acceptance speeches focusing on President Trump's policies and the future of the United States.
As one of the biggest awards shows, there's an extra level of responsibility for the Academy Awards. The host needs to hook a large audience and keep them engaged for hours, but they also have an opportunity to speak about important issues on a very public platform. Kimmel started the night with a few easy jokes directed at Justin Timberlake, and from there, well, check out the transcript below.
Kimmel was, of course, talking about Mel Gibson, and after the cameras cut to him, the host continued:
After that more serious message, Kimmel shifted tones by reaching out to someone he personally has issues with, Matt Damon, and as you'd expect, the "healing" quickly turned to mocking.
From there, Kimmel turned his attention to the actual movies.
But La La Land wasn't Kimmel's only target and he next turned to Manchester by the Sea.
The next targets were Moonlight and Fences, well, more Denzel Washington than the actual movie for the latter.
After that came Elle and Silence, with a side of political commentary and a dig at Hollywood sexism.
After a brief joke about no one seeing Captain Fantastic, Kimmel got a bit political again, referencing Donald Trump's comments about nominee Meryl Streep being overrated. You can also see his monologue in the video below.