The 2018 Oscars Officially Kicks Off; Kimmel Addresses Weinstein’s Misconduct
Hollywood was sprinkled with stardust today as its A-listers came out for the Oscars, hosted by late night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel.
“Three Billboards” is in pole position for the most prestigious prizes, although “The Shape of Water” leads the overall charge with 13 nominations on a night (morning in WAT) expected to highlight Tinseltown’s campaigns against sexual misconduct and gender inequality.
Kimmel said Weinstein’s downfall following dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct “was long overdue,” along with the demise of numerous other Tinseltown figures caught up in the scandal.
“We can’t let bad behaviour slide anymore. The world is watching us. We need to set an example…And the truth is, if we are successful here, if we can work together to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, if we can do that, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time at every other place they go”, he told the audience.
Kimmel highlighted a number of milestones, including the oldest acting nominee, 88-year-old Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”) and the debut film of Jordan Peele, who was nominated for best directing, producing and writing for his hit racial satire “Get Out.”
“If you are a nominee tonight who isn’t making history, shame on you,” he joked.