Jimmy Kimmel slaps jokes and introduces celebrity ‘crisis team’ in Oscar monologue

(CNN) Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the show by introducing some unofficial members of the ceremony’s “crisis team” to prevent unexpected outbreaks — and the crew included the Mandalorian, a Spider-Man and Steven Spielberg.

Kimmel nodded to Will Smith as he slammed Chris Rock throughout his opening monologue, joking that if anyone in the audience “commits an act of violence” they would be “awarded an Oscar for Best Actor and allowed to give a 19-minute speech .” (Smith won best actor for his role in “King Richard” last year, shortly after he beat Rock for making a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.)

“If something unpredictable and violent happens during the ceremony, just do what you did last year — nothing,” Kimmel said.

He then appointed a few well-known members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “crisis team”, from Michael B. Jordan in character as Adonis Creed to Michelle Yeoh showing the moves that made her famous in Hong Kong martial arts movies. . Also in the lineup was Pedro Pascal (currently starring in “The Mandalorian” and “The Last of Us,” the latter of which airs its final episode on Oscar Sunday), and funnily enough, Andrew Garfield, who smiled and shrugged when Kimmel shouted out his performance as one of a number of live-action Spider-Men. And finally, Kimmel said, there was “Fable-Man” — Spielberg, raising his forehead to the camera.

“There will be no nonsense tonight,” Kimmel concluded. “No time for arguments.”

And there weren’t – there were very few surprises during this year’s ceremony. Kimmel celebrated at the end of the show with a sign that read “number of Oscars telecasts without incident.” He gladly turned the number on the board to one.

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