DemDaily: Hollywood Revels in the Hotseat

March 5, 2018

Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra & Salma Hayek praise #MeToo and Times Up movements: "The changes we are witnessing are being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of different voices, of our voices."

Last night's 90th Academy Awards did not disappoint fans expecting a mix of political commentary from the outspoken and traditionally liberal group of attendees, or from host and late-night talk show star Jimmy Kimmel.

For the second year in a row Kimmel hosted the star-studded tribute to Hollywood's best and brightest at the Dolby Theatre. Along with presenters, he touched on everything from President Trump and immigration to guns and the "Me Too" anti-sexual harrassment movement that arose from tinseltown's own ranks.

Kimmel's Commentary
"Oscar is 89 years old this year, which probably means he's at home watching Fox News."

Celebrities wore pins from group Everytown for Gun Safety

On Russian Olympics doping documentary "Icarus" Kimmel said, "At least we know Putin didn't rig this competition."

On the star of "Black Panther," "There's Chadwick Boseman... the king of Wakanda! Imagine that! A country with a black leader. Wouldn't that be swell?"

In referencing the latest staffer to quit the Trump White House, "tonight's nominated documentaries show us that where there is darkness, there is also hope. Except at the White House. Hope quit on Wednesday."

In addressing Jordan Peele, author of the "Get Out," a horror flick highlighting race in America, "None other than President Trump called 'Get Out' the best 3/4 of a movie so far this year."

On the critically acclaimed gay love story "Call Me By Your Name," which did poorly at the box office, "We don't make films like 'Call Me By Your Name' for money, we make them to upset Mike Pence."

Kimmel on Oscar statue "the most respected man in Hollywood," because "he keeps his hands were you can see them, never says a rude word, and most importantly, no p.... at all."

Oscar winners 2018: The List
Actress In A Supporting Role: Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
Actor In A Supporting Role:  Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Foreign Language Film: "A Fantastic Woman"
Documentary (Short): "Heaven Is A Traffic Jam On The 405"
Documentary Feature: "Icarus"
Original Song: "Remember Me," "Coco"
Animated Feature Film: "Coco"
Adapted Screenplay: "Call Me By Your Name"
Original Screenplay: "Get Out"
Actor In A Leading Role: Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour"
Actress In A Leading Role: Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Director: Guillermo Del Toro, "The Shape Of Water"
Best Picture: "The Shape Of Water"
Production Design: "The Shape Of Water"
Cinematography: "Blade Runner 2049"
Costume Design: "Phantom Thread"
Sound Editing: "Dunkirk"
Sound Mixing: "Dunkirk"
Animated Short Film: "Dear Basketball"
Live Action Short Film: "The Silent Child"
Original Score: "The Shape Of Water"
Visual Effects: "Blade Runner 2049"
Film Editing: "Dunkirk"
Makeup And Hairstyling: "Darkest Hour"


The Stars Speak
"Hamilton" writer Lin-Manuel Miranda encouraged viewers to visit Puerto Rico after the devastating hurricane, "Keep Puerto Rico in the conversation...keep Puerto Rico in your hearts."

Presenters and immigrants Kumail Nanjiani (Pakistan), co-writer and star of "The Big Sick," and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o (Kenya), said "Like everyone in this room and everyone watching at home we are dreamers ...We grew up dreaming of one day working in the movies. Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood, and dreams are the foundation of America ... To all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you."

Singer Common, "Tell the NRA they ain't God's way"

In one of the highlights of the evening
Andra Day and Common performed the song "Stand Up for Something" from the film "Marshall," and were joined on stage by activists Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood, Patrisse Cullors of Black Lives Matter, Alice Brown Otter of Standing Rock Youth Council, author and Syrian refugee Bana Alabed, Bryan Stevenson of Equal Justice Initiative, Dolores Huerta of Dolores Huerta Foundation and United Farm Workers of America, Janet Mock of #GirlsLikeUs, Jose Andrés of ThinkFoodGroup, Nicole Hockley of Sandy Hook Promise, and Tarana Burke of #MeToo.

Guillermo del Toro, who accepted both the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for "The Shape of Water," made a final plea, "I am an immigrant. In the last 25 years, I've been living in a country all of our own. The greatest thing our industry does is to erase lines in the sand. We should continue to do that."

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