The Oscars celebrates 90 years, victims of social injustices

click By Andre Harrell II
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Monday night’s Oscar Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC honored Hollywood’s top talent while using its platform to shine a light on social injustice and inequalities.

Kimmel opened this year’s Academy Awards, paying homage to the #TimesUp movement by mentioning inequalities in Hollywood, using the Oscar statue to prove his point.

“Just look at him, he keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word and most importantly, he doesn’t have a penis,” Kimmel said. “That’s the kind of man we need more of in this town.”

Jimmy Kimmel uses Oscar statue to prove his point.

The recent sexual violations that have made headlines over the past year struck the nerves of not just victims but those who had to stand by and watch, as well. Kimmel mentioned in his opening monolog the power that exists in Hollywood, and the importance of unity.

“The world is watching, and we need to set an example,” Kimmel said. “The truth is, if we are successful here, if we can work together to stop sexual harassment in the workplace, if we can do that, women will only have to deal with harassment all the time in every other place they go.”

After receiving an applause signifying agreeance to the statements made concerning sexual misconduct among women in Hollywood, Kimmel took a jab at equal pay and opportunity.

“Only 11 percent of movies are directed by women, and that is nuts,” Kimmel said. “We still have a very long way to go in that department and a very long way to go when it comes to equal pay.”

As the night went on, some actors, writers, producers and even composers used their time on stage to in some way to speak on either inequality or racial issues. Kobe Bryant, a retired 18-time All-Star Los Angeles Laker, took a moment to address Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s critical statements toward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in his acceptance speech for his short film Dear Basketball.

Kobe Bryant makes acceptance speech.

“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to just shut up and dribble,” Bryant said. “I’m glad we do a little more than that.”

Later in the ceremony, in an effort to show appreciation for those who purchase movie tickets and make it possible for various artists to win awards, Kimmel entered a separate theater to thank them personally. Not arriving empty-handed, he entered the separate theater offering snacks served by some of Hollywood’s finest actor and actresses.

As if crashing the movie theater to surprise ordinary people wasn’t enough, he mentions how they were being seen live on the Oscars, while telling the stars of the evening to wave hello to them and thank them for their support.

Before leaving, Kimmel drafted a member of the theater, by the name of Mike, to introduce the next presenters, Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph.

Tiffany and Maya walk the Oscar stage holding their shoes.

 

Both walking on stage holding their shoes to poke fun at the pain of being beautiful, Haddish and Rudolph made light of the racial reputation that the Academy Awards has, speaking on improvements that have been made, in a jokingly way.

“I know what you’re thinking; are the Oscars too black now?” Haddish said.

“Don’t worry,” Rudolph said. “There are so many more white people to come tonight.”

Through comedy, acceptance speeches, or Keala Settle’s performance of “This is Me,” the 2018 Oscars honored the hard work and dedication of today’s top talent while magnifying the voices of victims to sexual, social and racial injustice who may never have the opportunity to grace its stage.

Keala Settle sings “This Is me.”

Jimmy Kimmel enters separate theater to thank viewers who buy tickets to movies.