Jimmy Kimmel Live!‘s post-Oscar specials usually feature a star-studded fake movie trailer, like Movie: The Movie, but this year, the late-night host switched things up by recruiting A-listers like Jeff Bridges, Lupita Nyong’o and Matt Damon (or Damen, as it’s spelled) to enroll in “The Kimmel School of Perfect Acting.” For the sketch, the host portrays “Jim Kimmel,” a Whiplash-ian teacher of the performing arts with the reputation of being “the greatest, most prolific and revered acting coach who ever lived.”
Kimmel’s overly method approach to acting includes criticizing Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne’s British accent for sounding too much like it’s from the Philippines, commanding Susan Sarandon to fill a measuring cup with tears, disciplining Sean Penn with a pool noodle and teaching Jennifer Aniston the art of “the Distrust Fall.” However, the highlight comes when Gary Oldman, after revealing that Kimmel said the actor “couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag,” must perform Shakespeare inside a life-sized paper bag with “Gary” written on it. Oldman is later forced to walk Kimmel’s five piglets.
Kimmel’s annual post-Oscar bash also featured an Academy Awards edition of the late-night show’s long-running Lie Witness News. Kimmel proves that because there’s “a lot of pressure to have an opinion” on this year’s nominees in Hollywood, people will say anything to make sure they sound like they’re in the loop, even if it’s about a fake movie.
Kimmel’s street team asks unsuspecting citizens questions – or dub in the hilarious inquiries in post-production – like, “What did you think about the controversial moment in Boyhood when they killed the boy right off the bat? Did you think that it was right that Ethan Hawke would throw him into an active volcano?” and “What did you think of the Woody Allen movie Let’s All Forget About What Happened?” The results are obviously ridiculous (but not as ridiculous as tonight’s planned Kenny G/Warren G performance):