All eyes are on the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California as the biggest stars in Hollywood meet for the 95th Academy Award. From nominees like Angela Bassett to presenters like Michael B. Jordan, the room will not be short on star power. In order to navigate the night’s festivities, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has called on none other than Jimmy Kimmel to lead the way.
After the events of the 94th Academy Awards, a lot of pressure was put on Kimmel to lead this year’s Oscars. To lighten the mood, the late-night talk show host immediately went to lighten the mood with a classic monologue that included jokes about Nicole Kidman’s AMC Theaters campaign, the rise of sequels and reboots and Seth Rogen’s affinity for trying new substances. He even joked about Steven Spielberg saying that he has not tried cannabis and Babylon reportedly losing a lot of money at the box office. To top it all off, he addressed the lack of diversity within the acting and directing categories. With the world watching, viewers shared their thoughts about Kimmel’s opening performance.
Jimmy Kimmel's opening monologue at the #Oscars. pic.twitter.com/JXJLdlV2th
— Complex Pop Culture (@ComplexPop) March 13, 2023
"How does the Academy not nominate the guy who directed Avatar? What do they think he is, a woman?" Jimmy Kimmel knows the truth stings. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/8IDdr6tiKW
— Decider (@decider) March 13, 2023
Jimmy Kimmel joking that the Best Picture Oscar has already gone to ALL QUIET pic.twitter.com/uabL0C63gu
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) March 13, 2023
Kimmel is very, very good at this
— William Goodman (@goodmanw) March 13, 2023
With the opening monologue out of the way, attention will turn toward a fairly evenly-matched slate of nominees. While Everything Everywhere All At Once appears to be the favorite in most major categories, Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick, Tär and several other films remain in contention. Not to mention, there will also be performances from Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Simply put, there’s a lot more to see at the 95th Academy Awards.