Meaghan Kirby
March 04, 2018 2:55 pm

The 90th Academy Awards has officially kicked off — and so far, so good! Just one year after that Best Picture fiasco heard ’round the world, Jimmy Kimmel is back to host Hollywood’s biggest night. While many people — ahem, the accountants of PricewaterhouseCoopers — may be hoping the envelope mix-up would be long forgotten, the comedian addressed the elephant in the room right off the bat. He poked fun at the accountants “doing comedy” without him and even joked that people should linger in their seats for a minute when their name is called.

The comedian also called out the other elephant in the room — cheering on Harvey Weinstein’s expulsion from the Academy, which came after over 40 women came forward alleging sexual assault, misconduct, and harassment against the former producer. Calling Weinstein’s expulsion “long overdue,” Kimmel said, “We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore. The world is watching us.”

Kimmel also called attention to the importance of Time’s Up, Never Again, and the #MeToo movement. He encouraged winners to use their platforms to speak out on the issues they care about…before offering a jet ski to the winner with the shortest speech.

Here are our favorite moments from Kimmel’s monologue:

When he immediately called out the La La Land/Moonlight incident of last year:

“This year when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away.”

…And then followed it up with a dig at the PwC accountants:

“Last year about a week before the show, the producers asked me if I wanted to do some comedy with the accountants…They did some comedy on their own.”

When he pointed out that the Academy Awards statue was actually a fantastic male role model:

“Oscar is a very respected man in Hollywood, just look at him: he keeps his hands where he can see them, no penis. He is literally a statue of limitations.”

When he poked fun at 22-year-old Timothée Chalamet:

“Timothée Chalamet is missing Paw Patrol to be here tonight.”

How clueless Hollywood is about men:

“Here’s how clueless Hollywood is about women: We made a movie called ‘What Women Want,’ and it starred Mel Gibson.”

The ridiculous continuing conversation about whether women and people of color can lead a superhero film:

“I remember a time when the major studios didn’t believe a woman or a minority could open a superhero movie — and the reason I remember that time is because it was March of last year.”

When he had an important question for oldest acting nominee ever Christopher Plummer:

“How does Lin-Manuel Miranda compare to the real Alexander Hamilton?”

When he called out the likelihood that Mike Pence wasn’t rooting for Call Me By Your Name:

“We don’t make films like ‘Call Me By Your Name’ for money. We make them to upset Mike Pence.”

And when he admitted that this last year made fish seem more appealing than men:

“We will always remember this year as the year men screwed up so badly, women started dating fish.”

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