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 greatest actor) being one of many largest tales of final yr, 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 importantly – we want me to feel safe. We have strict policies in place. If anyone in this theater commits an act of violence at any point during this show, you will be awarded the Oscar for best actor and permitted to give a 19-minute-long speech,” Kimmel mentioned. Individually, Kimmel additionally jested that with 5 Irish actors nominated on the 2023 Oscars, “The odds of a fight on stage just went way up.”
Nick Cannon’s brood of kids received a shoutout through the present. Mentioning that Avatar: The Manner of Water price Disney two billion, he quipped, “Just to break even, all Nick Cannon’s kid had to see Avatar four times.”
“This is my favorite duo of the year: 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 right now, be honest. Nothing? Mushrooms, right?” Noting that Spielberg has by no means completed a drug in his life, Kimmel joked, “You mean to tell me you were sober when you made a movie about an alien who eats Reese’s Pieces all day and can’t remember how to phone home?”