The 90th Academy Awards Sunday night couldn’t possibly match the exciting finish of last year’s ceremony. But in a night full of predictable wins — from Coco to Allison Janney to Gary Oldman — there were still some moments of suspense and spontaneity. From the highs, like Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph’s banter, to the lows — which involved the use of hot dog cannons — we were reminded why it’s worth tuning in ever year.
Here are the moments we’ll remember, and the ones we can’t wait to forget, from the 2018 Oscars.
Most On Point Opening Monologue
Host Jimmy Kimmel came to talk about current events Sunday night. After an odd retro-style black and white opening segment and the first of many jokes about last year’s PricewaterhouseCoopers mix-up, Kimmel prioritized addressing pressing issues in Hollywood and beyond — particularly workplace sexual harassment — over jokes about the nominees in the front rows of the Dolby Theater (though he made some of those too).
“We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore. The world is watching us. We need to set an example. If we can work together to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time in every other place they go,” he joked, half-seriously.
He encouraged viewers to listen to women speaking out about the #MeToo movement and encouraged people to join the students of Parkland, Fla., on their D.C. march to prevent gun violence. It may not have been the most impassioned delivery, but after speculation as to whether Time’s Up would even make an appearanceat all Sunday night, Kimmel set the tone early on.
Best (Only) Animals Thanked During Speeches (Tie)
Two Oscar winners went beyond the usual thank you’s of publicists, moms, dads and directors to thank some four-legged and winged friends. The first, Best Makeup and Hairstyling winner Kazuhiro Tsuji, thanked Darkest Hour‘s Gary Oldman, of course, but also his cats. The second, Allison Janney, thanked “a cast and crew and bird that elevated my work.” Janney’s decision to bring I, Tonya screenwriter Steven Rogers instead of her avian costar really is one worth questioning.
Most Unnecessary Tribute to the Movies
About an hour into the broadcast, the show turned to a prepared movie montage celebrating 90 years of the Academy Awards. The clip wasn’t unenjoyable — it’s certainly pleasant to take a walk down memory lane when it’s set to the most stirring segment of the Love Actually soundtrack. But it was a strangely meta, untethered moment that seemed not to have its footing in anything in particular. Then again, Hollywood celebrating Hollywood on Oscar night is hardly unexpected.
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