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Oscars 2017: Most Political Moments

Entertainment Weekly Logo By Mary Sollosi of Entertainment Weekly | Slide 2 of 8: After nominee Justin Timberlake kicked things off with a performance of Can't Stop the Feeling, host Jimmy Kimmel took the stage to trash talk some nominees and crack some political jokes. This is being watched live by millions of people in 225 countries that now hate us, Kimmel said. He also took shots at his longtime foe Matt Damon, making fun of Chinese ponytail movie The Great Wall and declaring, When I first met Matt, I was the fat one.

Jimmy Kimmel Jokes about Trump (and Matt Damon)

First-time Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel didn't waste any time before getting political, and kept the Trump jokes coming throughout the telecast. He began his opening monologue by saying people kept telling him that he should use his platform to unite the country, but I can't do that, he said. There's only one Braveheart in this room, and he's not going to unite us either. He encouraged the audience to engage in open dialogue with people with whom they disagree, and then set the example by showering Matt Damon with insults thinly disguised as compliments. He finished the monologue by, surprisingly enough, thanking the president, reminding the left-leaning attendees that last year, it seemed like the Oscars were racist. His intermittent appearances throughout the show also included jokes condemning fake news (fake tans we love, but no fake news) and celebrating Doctor Strange, who Kimmel said was recently appointed to Trump's cabinet.
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