Jimmy Kimmel gets political in his opening Oscars monologue

Well, the large evening is finally right here! The 2017 Oscars have begun, and your host for the evening Jimmy Kimmel has taken the stage. In his opening monologue, the late-night host did not hold back, poking fun at President Donald Trump, close pal and...

Jimmy Kimmel gets political in his opening Oscars monologue

Well, the large evening is finally right here! The 2017 Oscars have begun, and your host for the evening Jimmy Kimmel has taken the stage.

In his opening monologue, the late-night host did not hold back, poking fun at President Donald Trump, close pal and pretend-enemy Matt Damon, and even Denzel Washington.

Kimmel straight away addressed the elephant in the space, noting that quite a few people had told him to address the schism in the country. "I can't do that," he stated.

"There is only 1 'Braveheart' in the room," he stated of Oscar-winner Mel Gibson, who is nominated again this year for his new film "Hacksaw Ridge." "And he's not going to unite us either," he added as the crowd laughed.

Kimmel got much more serious when he said that if everyone watching correct now "took a moment to attain out to a single individual you disagree with and have a good, considerate conversation ... we could actually make America good once again."

But just as quick, the host's jokes began rolling again. Kimmel feigned as if he wanted to bury the hatchet with Matt Damon just before generating fun of the actor's selection to pass up starring in "Manchester by the Sea" only to star in a "Chinese ponytail film alternatively and that film went on to drop $80 million. Smooth move dumba---."

"When I initial met Matt, I was the fat 1," he also joked.

Kimmel's initial crack on Trump was thanking him for the reason that, "bear in mind when last year the Oscars had been deemed racist?"

Soon after picking on Oscar nominee Denzel Washington for directing himself in the film "Fences," he teased French actress and nominee Isabelle Huppert.

"We did not see 'Elle,' but we absolutely loved it," he mentioned. "I am glad Homeland Security let you in tonight," he added, a joke apparently about Trump's order restricting entry into the U.S. of people from seven Muslim-majority countries which has been put on hold by the courts.

Ultimately, Kimmel closed with a riff on Meryl Streep, the actress who is nominated for her 20th Oscar this year whom Trump called overrated soon after she gave a speech at the Golden Globes that criticized the president without naming him.

"One particular actress has stood the test of time for her numerous uninspiring and overrated performances," he stated. "[She's] phoned it in for far more than 50 films. This is Meryl's 20th Oscar nomination ... she wasn't even in a film this year, we just wrote her name in out of habit."

He closed with, "Some of you will [win tonight] and give a speech that the president of the United States will tweet about in all caps."

Now on to the winners, speeches and skits!

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