Last year, Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Oscars that ended with the most notorious mix-up in the ceremony's modern history, when La La Land was mistakenly announced as Best Picture before Moonlight correctly claimed the top prize. It wasn't his fault — blame PricewaterhouseCoopers — but he closed the night with the only logical thing for him to say: "I promise I'll never come back. Goodnight!"
Of course, the Oscars' best move in 2018 was to bring back Kimmel (and his humanistic but still smarmy wit), so they did. And his monologue wasted no time mentioning that.
"Just look at him," Kimmel said. "Keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and most importantly, no penis at all. He is literally a statue of limitations, and that's the kind of man we need more of in this town."
Kimmel segued, fittingly, into taking aim squarely at Hollywood's glamorous elite assembled before him at the Dolby Theatre. And like Seth Meyers at the Golden Globes two months ago, the most fitting targets were the toxic men who've rendered it in need of a widespread reckoning.
This naturally included Harvey Weinstein and his expulsion from the Academy — a shame he shares with only one other former member, Carmine Caridi, kicked out, as Kimmel said, "for giving his neighbor a copy of Seabiscuit on VHS." That's how Hollywood punishes Harvey Weinstein.
But it wasn't all zingers and toxicity bashing. Kimmel also highlighted the huge crop of nominees making history this year — "If you're a nominee tonight who isn't making history, shame on you" — including Timothée Chalamet, Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, and Rachel Morrison, the first-ever female cinematography nominee.
"This is a night for positivity, and our plan is shine a light on a group of outstanding and inspiring films, each and every one of which got crushed by Black Panther this weekend," Kimmel said.
Since this is Call Me By Your Name's big awards season, every host seems like they'd have take a shot at a peach joke (at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday night, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney coined the term "cumpeach"), but Kimmel abstained. He did, however, point how Chalamet was missing Paw Patrol to be there, so. Decent enough.
It's extremely clear that culturally and politically, we're in a moment of massive change. That's why Kimmel also wisely shouted out the upcoming March for Our Lives planned by Parkland, Florida students in Washington, D.C. on March 24 and encouraged Oscar winners to give it a mention in their acceptance speeches.
Oh, and because the Oscars are famously long as hell, he also offered to give out a brand-new jet ski to whichever winner gives the shortest speech. Just one more cause we can all get behind.