There’s been a deluge of late-night TV hosts named Jim helming award shows lately (Jimmy Fallon at the Golden Globes, James Corden at the Grammys). While the other Jims took a few shots at Donald Trump throughout their respective nights, Jimmy Kimmel unloaded in a yuuuge way at the Oscars on Sunday.
Kimmel started the show by talking about the divide within the country and explaining how to actually make America great again.
“If every one of you took a minute to reach out to one person you disagree with, someone you like, and have a positive, considerate conversation — not as liberals or conservatives, as Americans — if we would all do that, we can make America great again,” said the host.
Kimmel didn’t exclusively pick on Trump. He also heroically called out Mel Gibson.
And he, of course, poked fun at his No. 1 frenemy, Matt Damon, ripping on him for giving the role in “Manchester By The Sea” to Casey Affleck and taking a part in “The Great Wall.”
“He handed what turned out to be an Oscar-caliber role over to his friend and made a Chinese ponytail movie instead. And that movie, ‘The Great Wall,’ went on to lose $80 million. Smooth move, dumbass.” said Kimmel.
Things always went back to Trump.
“I want to say thank you to President Trump. I mean, remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist?” said Kimmel.
The host brought the segment to a close recalling how President Trump called Meryl Streep overrated after she spoke out against the president during the Golden Globes.
“From her mediocre early work in ‘The Deer Hunter’ and ‘Out Of Africa’ to her underwhelming performances in ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ and ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ Meryl Streep has phoned it in for more than 50 films over the course of her lackluster career,” quipped Kimmel before calling on the audience to applaud for the legendary actress.
It was a bigly way to open the Oscars.