The Oscars have returned to the scene of the crime. Last year's Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood ended in shock (hey, "Moonlight!"). Of course, this year, everyone's hoping for a smoother landing, so to speak. So what was the talk of the 2018 Oscars anyway? How hard did host Jimmy Kimmel go on the president (and frenemy Matt Damon)? How prevalent was the Time's Up movement? From red carpet news and trends to the most memorable, thrilling and uncomfortable moments on stage and off, Wonderwall.com is recapping all the buzz from the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, starting with one of the night's big surprises… About two hours into the Oscars, Jimmy felt that Hollywood had done enough patting itself on the back, so he wanted to thank the movie-going public… literally. Jimmy rounded up a group of A-listers to go a few doors down to surprise an audience watching "A Wrinkle In Time." As the group sat in a Hollywood Boulevard theater watching the movie, they were suddenly joined by Jimmy, Mark Hamill, Emily Blunt, Gal Gadot, Ansel Elgort, Armie Hammer, Lupita Nyong'o, Margot Robbie, Guillermo del Toro and others. The stars came bearing gifts that included baskets of candy, a huge submarine sandwich and hot dog cannons. "There is a strong aroma of marijuana in this room," Jimmy said as they walked in. He then showed the theatergoers a live shot of the Oscars audience watching them. While the surprised moviegoers were going nuts, Jimmy let one guy introduce presenters Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish. Hell of a surprise. And now you've had your "Ellen selfie moment" of this year's show!
Right out of the gate, host Jimmy Kimmel harkened back to the calamity that happened during last year's best picture award announcement. "This year when you hear your name called, don't get up right away," he told the audience during his monologue. "Give us a minute." He then spoke about what happened last year. The producers, Jimmy said, "Asked me if I wanted to do comedy with the accountants and I said I didn't want to. The accountants decided to comedy on their own." Thankfully, he didn't bury the jokes into the ground. He then touched on the Time's Up and Me Too movements, commenting on how important they are. "Oscar is the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood," he said. "He keeps his hands where you can see them, never said a rude word and has no penis at all. He's literally a statue of limitations." Jimmy — who couldn't resist taking couple small digs at President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence — also encouraged people to deliver meaningful speeches, but to keep them short. Whomever gave the shortest speech, he said, will win a Jet Ski! As an announcer described the prize in game-show style, a curtain lifted to reveal Helen Mirren (!) showing off the personal watercraft (keep reading to see her doing her best impression of one of Bob Barker's "Price Is Right" beauties). All in all, the monologue was more lighthearted than many might have expected. Jimmy hit all the right notes.
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Helen Mirren had a "Price is Right" moment during Jimmy Kimmel's opening monologue at the Oscars. Jimmy implored winners to keep their speeches short — and promised a Jet Ski to whomever spoke for the briefest amount of time. Just then, the curtain lifted and there stood Helen showing off the watercraft. Bravo to the British Oscar winner for being a part of the bit. Later in the show, Jimmy sweetened the pot by having Johnny the announcer throw in a trip to "sunny Lake Havasu!" plus a stay at a Days Inn there. (Days Inn later got in on the action, tweeting, "We'll do you one better @jimmykimmel. We think you're all winners, so any nominees who don't take home a trophy tonight will get a free night stay at our Lake Havasu hotel or any Days Inn location. Jet ski ride on us. #Oscars." At the very end of the night, Jimmy revealed that Mark Bridges, the costume designer for "Phantom Thread," had won — his speech lasted 36 seconds — just as the lucky guy rode out on stage atop the green Jet Ski alongside Helen. Way to wrap it up, guys!
Just blame Meryl!
Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence are widely considered to be serious actresses, not comedians, but they flexed their funny bones while presenting the award for best actress. The two came out on stage on six feet — Jodie was on crutches. "Jodie, what is this? What happened to you?" J.Law asked. Jodie responded, "Streep," and made a faux menacing face at Meryl Streep. Jodie added, "She 'I, Tonya'd' me. I'd prefer not to discuss it." J.Law looked incredulous, saying, "No, it's cool. You know, she tripped me once." Cue more laughter. Jennifer said they weren't going to talk about it for "legal reasons" but added that Meryl is "always so nice at the luncheons. "Well, she's acting," Jodie quipped. Obviously this was all in jest, and Meryl was a good sport, even wiping tears of laughter away from her eyes. Jodie's metal crutches, meanwhile, were no gag: The injured actress-director was spotted making her way around Beverly Hills on the same crutches while clad in workout gear earlier in the week. Her rep told People that Jodie sustained an injury while skiing a few weeks ago.
She kept her word! Last July, Tiffany Haddish wore a beautiful white Alexander McQueen dress to the "Girls Trip" premiere. In November, she wore it again when she hosted "Saturday Night Live." "This a Alexander McQueen, okay? This a $4,000 dress. Imma wear this dress multiple times," she vowed. Well, she did it — she wore the same dress for the third time on stage at the Oscars, where she presented the best animated/live action short awards with Maya Rudolph. "My whole team, they told me, 'Tiffany, you cannot wear that dress on 'SNL,' you already wore it. It's taboo to wear it twice.' And I said, 'I don't give a dang about no taboo, I spent a lot of money on this dress." The comedian's philosophy? "I feel like I should be able to wear what I want, when I want, as many times as I want as long as I Febrezed it."
Take two! One year after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took center stage for the biggest flub in Oscars history, the duo got a second chance at handing out the award for best picture (which went to "The Shape of Water"). Of course, unless you lived under a rock, you'll recall that the pair mistakenly presented the final Academy Award last year to "La La Land" even though "Moonlight" was the actual winner. It was reported earlier in the week that the "Bonnie and Clyde" stars would be back. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, this is awkward. With the Time's Up and Me Too movements in full swing, Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for best animated short film for "Dear Basketball." Yes, the film was good, but the win is controversial considering the basketball legend's past. If you'll recall, Kobe went to court in 2003 after a woman accused him of sexual assault in Denver. Kobe admitted to cheating on his wife, Vanessa (whom he called his "inspiration" on Sunday) but denied that he raped the woman. The criminal case was eventually dropped, but the woman maintained it happened. He later settled a civil suit with the woman. After his Oscar win (he accepted with Glen Keane, pictured), many took to Twitter to voice their disgust. "Anyway, Kobe Bryant has an Oscar AND a sexual assault allegation," one person wrote. Others were less kind in their takedowns. After the win, Kobe threw some shade himself, taking a dig at FOX News host Laura Ingraham. "Basketball players are really supposed to shut up and dribble," he said, a reference to Laura's recent identical comment to NBA star LeBron James.
Heard it before
The dig of the night goes to Emma Stone! The actress, who won a best actress Oscar for "La La Land" last year, presented the award for best director this year. Before naming off the nominees ("The Shape of Water" filmmaker Guillermo del Toro won), she said, "These four men and Greta Gerwig were nominated this year." If this sounds somewhat familiar, it should: At the Golden Globes in January, Natalie Portman called out the "all-male nominees" when she presented the same category.
So nice she wore it twice
Wow! Rita Moreno hit the 2018 Oscars red carpet wearing the same dress she donned at the Academy Awards 56 years ago! "This is the gown I wore in 1962 when I won my Oscar," the screen legend — who took home the best supporting actress prize for her performance in "West Side Story" all those years ago — told ABC's Oscars red carpet pre-show. She noted that the gown, which features gold floral medallions on a full skirt and a black bodice, was made in the Philippines. Incredibly, Rita — who's 86 — had the gown altered so that it's now strapless, which means it shows more skin today than it did when she was a young woman. Bravo, Rita!
A shift from tradition and an epic speech
Frances McDormand is now a two-time Oscar winner, and the second actress to win the best actress award twice. Upon taking the stage to accept her prize for her work in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," Frances joked that she was "hyperventilating" and compared her reaction to how Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim must have felt when she won Olympic gold last month. The actress then asked all the other Oscar-nominated women in the Dolby Theatre to stand with her. "Look around everybody, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed," she said. She ended her speech with two words: inclusion rider. But Frances' win was only half the story of the best actress award presentation. In any other year, Casey Affleck would have given out the award. This time, though, Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster presented the prize, a huge break in tradition. It's always been an Oscars tradition that the previous year's acting winners (of the opposite gender) deliver the award to the new winners. Casey won the best actor prize in 2017 for "Manchester By The Sea." But Casey has been a source of controversy due to the fact that he settled some sexual harassment lawsuits a few years ago. In the current climate, Casey's presence would have been the epitome of a distraction.
Put the kettle on
Gary Oldman is now an Oscar winner, but definitely not a Jet Ski winner. While accepting the best actor trophy for his performance as Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour," Gary said, "I've lived in America for the longest time and I'm deeply grateful… for the gifts it has given me… my home… my life, my family and now Oscar." As he went on to thank his family, the crew of the film and his 99-year-old mother, he joked, "It's pretty obvious I'm not going to win the [Jet] Ski." He ended by telling him mom, "Put the kettle on, I'm bringing Oscar home."
As expected, Sam Rockwell took home the best supporting actor Oscar (he was the favorite) at the top of the 2018 Academy Awards telecast. After winning, an elated Sam hugged and kissed the cast of "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." He thanked the cast and his fellow nominees, as per usual, and gave a sweet shout-out to his longtime love, actress Leslie Bibb. "Baby, you light my fire," he told her. Sam also thanked his parents for instilling a love of movies in him and even thanked "anyone who's ever looked at a billboard." At the very end of his speech, he held up his Oscar in the air and twice dedicated it to his Oscar-winning friend, the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman.
One for one!
Allison Janney is one for one at the Oscars. The actress took home the award for best supporting actress in what was her first nomination. After taking the stage, with her new Oscar in hand, she joked, "I did it all by myself." The crowd roared. Allison then thanked her "I, Tonya" co-stars and those on her team. At the end of her speech, she gave a shout-out to her late brother Hal, who committed suicide in 2011. "This is for Hal, you're always in my heart," she said.
What a year for Jordan Peele! The funnyman took home the Oscar for best original screenplay, beating out heavy favorites — and becoming the first black screenwriter ever to win in the category. "This means so much," he said after the crowd finally stopped clapping for him (which lasted a while). He said he worked on "Get Out" for years but stopped writing the film "20 times." He then dedicated it to the "people who raised my voice and let me make this movie." An Oscar is the ultimate bookend to Jordan's incredible year. Side note: His speech was short, so maybe he's in play for that Jet Ski!
Red carpet controversy
The drama started early with the simple presence of Ryan Seacrest at the Oscars. The E! News star was on the red carpet despite multiple reports claiming that publicists would be steering their clients away from him. E! was forced to decide if it should include the "American Idol" host in its coverage at all. Ryan, of course, as been a source of controversy since sexual misconduct allegations were made against him by his former personal stylist — allegations that resurfaced in detail in recent days. Ryan has repeatedly denied her claims and noted that E!'s investigation found them to be without merit. Still, E! seems to know that it's potentially playing with fire, as it reportedly set up a 30-second delay in case stars got confrontational with Ryan. "The plan being considered is to mainly ensure plenty of time to either cut to [co-host] Giuliana [Rancic] or to pull the plug altogether unnoticed if an on-camera encounter with Ryan goes into tricky territory," a source told Deadline as the Academy Awards red carpet was starting. By the time the red carpet wound down, 21 celebrities had stopped to talk to Ryan, according to Entertainment Weekly, but it's worth noting that only a few big names, like nominees Allison Janney and Christopher Plummer and former Oscars host Whoopi Goldberg, were among them. Ryan's "Live! With Kelly and Ryan" co-host, Kelly Ripa, made a point to tell Ryan what a good job he was doing when she made an appearance.
Twitter erupted after users decided that Taraji P. Henson shaded Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against him, which he's vehemently denied. At the end of her live interview with Ryan on E!'s pre-show, she touched his chin as she said, "The universe has a way of taking care of the good people. You know what I mean?" After she spoke to Ryan, she talked to ABC's Wendi McLendon-Covey. When asked how she was doing, she said, "I'm great now that I'm in your company." Shade? Certainly seemed like it. However, Ryan and Taraji hugged at the end of their interview — and later on in the evening, the "Hidden Figures" star told People that her comments were "misconstrued" and that she "absolutely" supports Ryan. "I did it to keep his chin up," she told the mag. "It's an awkward position to be in. He's been cleared but anyone can say anything."
The room took its annual somber turn with the Oscars' In Memoriam segment, which this year was introduced by Jennifer Garner. While the names of those we've lost over the last year flashes across the screen, Eddie Vedder performed "Room at the Top" by Tom Petty, who died in October. So long Martin Landau, Sam Shepard, Jerry Lewis and too many others. You're all missed.
Sign language moment
Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton won the Oscar for best live action short film — that's not one of the bigger awards, but what Rachel did after the win was pretty huge. A little background first… The duo won for "The Silent Child." The film is about a deaf 4-year-old girl who learned to speak through sign language. Rachel, who starred it the film, promised the young actress that she would sign her speech if "The Silent Child" won. Rachel looked stunning as she made good on her promise, smiling and signing the speech while speaking. A very, very cool moment.
Before Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani presented the award for best production design (which went to "Shape of Water"), they touched on a hot-button topic in Washington D.C.: immigration reform. "Black Panther" star Lupita explained that she's from Kenya, while "The Big Sick" star Kumail told viewers he's from Pakistan and Iowa — "Two places that nobody in Hollywood can find on a map," he quipped. The two said they are dreamers, people who live in America who weren't born in America. "Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation of America," Lupita said. Kumail added, "To all the dreamers out there, we stand with you."
Morning of medical treatment
This is NOT how Armie Hammer thought his Oscars experience would begin. Armie, whose film "Call Me By Your Name" is up for best picture, shared an Instagram image on Sunday that showed him getting an IV — yes, an IV! — before the ceremony. "Oscar prep has taken a strange turn…. thank you @elizabethchambers for taking such good care of me," he captioned the snap, tagging his wife. Armie, you see, is sick. He was supposed to attend the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday but couldn't. "I may be too sick to be at the Indie Spirit Awards, but thanks to @elizabethchambers I am toasting you guys with pedialyte and chicken soup! Go get em guys!," he captioned a snap of himself as he battled the flu bug in bed. Before sharing his sickness with the online world, he shared several images of himself primping for tonight's big show. If "Call Me By Your Name" wins, Armie — who later hit the red carpet with his wife — might want to consider doing shots of hot broth instead of sipping champagne.
Things could have gone "downhill" really quickly for Lindsey Vonn. Just before the Olympian was supposed to walk the red carpet at the Oscars, there was a wardrobe issue with her custom dress. The gown was supposed to feature full-length sleeves — but when the skier arrived, she was rocking the dress with short sleeves. Her stylist, it turns out, cut off the sleeves almost entirely to fix the wardrobe malfunction. "Pretty stressed out, high anxiety, but I made it down the red carpet so far without tripping and my outfit's in one place so I'm happy," Lindsey told People magazine on the red carpet. It seems that a wardrobe malfunction was on her brain even after her dress was fixed. Asked to compare to skiing to the red carpet, she said, "Going fast is easy, this is like — what if my dress rips and my butt falls out?"
Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino arrived on the Oscars red carpet together and posed and did interviews side by side in support of the Time's Up movement. Late last year, it was reported that both actresses were blacklisted in Hollywood by Harvey Weinstein. In a chat with New Zealand publication Stuff, filmmaker Peter Jackson said that Harvey and brother Bob strongly urged him not to cast the two women in his "Lord of the Rings" films. "I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably 1998," Peter said. At the time, Peter had no reason to doubt the men, he explained, so he believed them. "I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list," he added. The women later thanked Peter for his honesty and for confirming their suspicions. The women have obviously risen above the negativity. In an interview on ABC's red carpet pre-show, Mira and fellow Harvard alum Ashley voiced support for the Time's Up movement as well as anti-sexual harassment legislation that's currently being considered in California. "I want people to know that this movement isn't stopping. We're going forward until we have an equitable and safe world for women," Mira explained.
Is "Get Out" star Bradley Whitford an engaged man? It certainly seems so, and it seems that maybe he didn't even realize that he revealed the news on the 2018 Oscars red carpet. Bradley and Amy Landecker have been together since the summer of 2015, but in a red carpet pre-show interview with Ryan Seacrest, Bradley referred to Amy as his "fiancée." He probably wasn't joking either, as Amy's been wearing a diamond ring for more than a month. (The couple are seen here at the SAG Awards in January.)
Something fishy about Faye?
Last year's flub-seen-round-the-world was still on Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel's brain this year. In fact, he thinks something is still a bit fishy with presenter Faye Dunaway. "Think about what happened at the end of that show," he told E! News. "[Faye and Warren Beatty] are together. There's a problem of some kind. They read the wrong name. She disappears." He added, "She's out there in the middle of everybody and then after the show, backstage in the middle of a circle of people buzzing around. She's gone. She's at home in bed. Where did she go?" Good question. We love a good conspiracy!
Dripping in diamonds
Allison Janney knows how to bling out! The "I, Tonya" star — the favorite to win best supporting actress — walked the red carpet with with some added weight… in the form of some insane jewelry. Allison paired her red Reem Acra gown with 128 carats worth of jewels by Forevermark. The value of her jewels: more than $4 million. Allison sported diamond earrings, a diamond choker that totals over 55 carats, a diamond bracelet and an 18-carat ring. Is anyone sparkling more than Allison?