Sunday night he hit the flawless tone to open the 90th Academy Awards.
You’ll recall that Stanfield is known for his role in the film Get Out in which he yells out the title phrase at the main character, portrayed by Daniel Kaluuya, nominated for Best Actor this year.
Prior to the show, Oscars producers had said that they wanted to shine a light on performances rather than concentrating on politics.
However, multiple reports say that Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway will be returning to again present best picture, a year after they announced “La La Land” as the victor instead of “Moonlight”, because Cullinan handed them the wrong envelope.
“I have to ask, what was your focus in the other 89 years?”
“Oscar is 89 years old this year, which probably means he’s at home watching Fox News”.
Opening the show before an A-list audience of scores of actors and filmmakers – many of whom have said they are victims of sexual harassment – Kimmel pulled no punches about the elephant in the room. He said of the Oscars statue, “He keeps his hand where you can see them. He’s literally a statue of limitations”.
Traditionally, the previous year’s best actor victor would present that statuette, but Casey Affleck, who triumphed in 2017 for “Manchester by the Sea”, withdrew under a cloud of sexual harassment accusations he denies. Though it may have been great television, the spectacular flub was thoroughly embarrassing to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has devoted much more attention to how the envelopes are being handled.
“Over the course of this evening, I hope you will listen to many courageous and outspoken supporters of movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up and Never Again, because what they are doing is important”, he said.
ABC’s late-night host is the network’s choice to emcee its biggest TV-viewer night of the year for the second straight year.
Kimmel, 50, also said that this year’s ceremony would be long.
During his monologue, Kimmel was not afraid to get political, and acknowledged some of Hollywood’s recent shortcomings.
Trump’s vice president also got roasted.
Kimmel didn’t spare Pence either. Peele made history as the first person of color (and third in history) to get nods for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. “Just give us a minute”.
“We’ve been working with them to try to find the right way to acknowledge this really historical moment, but without making the show about that”, says Todd, adding “we will find a moment or two where we find we can address it appropriately”.