Jimmy Kimmel returned as Oscars host for the third time on Sunday (March 12) on the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. With discourse round Will Smith’s onstage slap of 2022 Oscars host Chris Rock (previous to profitable finest actor) being one of many largest tales of final 12 months, it was predictable however maybe inevitable that Kimmel would wedge a joke about it into the 95th annual Academy Awards.
In his opening monologue, 2023 Oscars host Kimmel made jokes about Rihanna’s nine-month-old pooping backstage throughout rehearsals, Elvis Presley nonetheless being alive and, after all, The Slap. “Most significantly – we wish me to really feel protected. We now have strict insurance policies in place. If anybody on this theater commits an act of violence at any level throughout this present, you’ll be awarded the Oscar for finest actor and permitted to offer a 19-minute-long speech,” Kimmel mentioned. Individually, Kimmel additionally jested that with 5 Irish actors nominated on the 2023 Oscars, “The percentages of a struggle on stage simply went approach up.”
Nick Cannon’s brood of youngsters obtained a shoutout throughout the present. Mentioning that Avatar: The Manner of Water value Disney two billion, he quipped, “Simply to interrupt even, all Nick Cannon’s child needed to see Avatar 4 occasions.”
“That is my favourite duo of the 12 months: Steven Spielberg and Seth Rogen. What a pair,” Kimmel mentioned of The Fabelmans duo. “The Joe and Hunter Biden of Hollywood. Seth, what are you on proper now, be trustworthy. Nothing? Mushrooms, proper?” Noting that Spielberg has by no means achieved a drug in his life, Kimmel joked, “You imply to inform me you had been sober if you made a film about an alien who eats Reese’s Items all day and might’t bear in mind find out how to cellphone residence?”