Oscar host Kimmel mines Hollywood sexual misconduct scandal for laughs

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A sense of change was palpable at the 90th Academy Awards as Hollywood sought to confront the post-Harvey Weinstein era and pivot to a new vision of a more inclusive movie business.

"The only other person to be expelled from the Academy - ever - was a character actor named Carmine Caridi", Kimmel said.

So next time you're in the movie theater, just imagine Lupita Nyong'o surprising you with candy to enjoy and you're sure to have a delightful time. "This is so much better than the Oscars", Gadot said twice. "We make them to upset Mike Pence", Kimmel said. "He's literally a statue of limitations, and we need more men like that in Hollywood".

In his opening monologue, Kimmel skewered the class of powerful men who prayed on women with a sight gag focused on a larger-than-life Oscar statue on stage, noting the male sculpture's anatomically simplified lack of genitalia.

"Subbing for last year's best-actor victor, Casey Affleck, in presenting the best-actress award were Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence". Affleck was sued for sexual harassment on the set of his film, I'm Still Here, by two different women in 2010; he has denied the allegations, and both suits were settled out of court.

The night ended on an emotional high as Frances McDormand, the night's best actress victor for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri", capped her acceptance speech by asking all the women in the hall who had been Oscar-nominated to stand, drawing rousing applause.

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The 90th Academy Awards or best known as Oscars 2018 is taking place with much grandeur and fanfare on Sunday, honouring the best talents in cinema from the a year ago. The women who did speak out were met with cheers from the audience, which is the same group of people who vote for the Oscars, so the ball is in their court. "Invite us into your office in a couple days or come to ours, and we'll tell you all about them".

"I do want to mention, this year, when you hear your name called, don't get up right away", said Kimmel.

Later, Pixar's colorful ode to Mexican culture "Coco" won best animated film.

Workers are putting the final touches on the red carpet ahead of the Oscars ceremony, as suspense runs high over what the show will look like in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. Scrutiny was falling Sunday on E! host Ryan Seacrest after his former stylist, Suzie Hardy, alleged sexual harassment against the red-carpet regular.

During the red carpet pre-show before the Golden Globes, Hollywood's first big event after the industry was rocked by an onslaught of sexual assault allegations, all eyes were on the coordinated black dresses worn by actresses and activists and the defiant statements they made during interviews.

Other winners were Gary Oldman (best actor for Darkest Hour), Sam Rockwell (supporting actor Three Billboards) and Allison Janney (supporting actress I, Tonya).

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