Jimmy Kimmel opened his hilarious Oscars monologue by taking a crack at himself. “I’ve never been to the Oscars before,” he said. “And the way you people go through hosts, this is probably my last time here.” From there, Kimmel “buried the hatchet” with Matt Damon, sarcastically poked fun at the “highly overrated” Meryl Streep and cracked jokes about Trump-era America.
Kimmel noted that the Academy Awards were being viewed around the world, including “225 countries that now hate [the U.S.].” He admitted he had no answers for our divided nation, adding (in a Mel Gibson reference), “There’s only one Braveheart in this room, and he’s not gonna unite us, either.”
Transitioning into a more personal tension, Kimmel revived his long-standing feud with the “selfish” Damon, joking, “When I first met Matt, I was the fat one.” He continued to take sarcastic jabs at the actors in attendance – including the revered Streep, playful bashing her “uninspiring and overrated performances.”
Kimmel closed out with the cheeky observation that this year’s contenders were all but predictable. In 2016, “black people saved NASA and white people saved jazz,” he said, as the camera panned to the casts of Hidden Figures and La La Land.