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Oscars 2018: Host Jimmy Kimmel brilliantly addresses sexual harassment scandals

Oscars 2018: Host Jimmy Kimmel brilliantly addresses sexual harassment scandals

He acknowledged "Get Out" director Jordan Peele's historic nominations for best picture, directing and screenwriting for his debut film, and its importance for promoting black artists. The BAFTA Awards saw a similar dress code, as the who's who of the worldwide movie industry donned all-black attires.

Weinstein, who has denied ever having nonconsensual sex with anyone, was expelled a year ago from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after dozens of women accused him of a range of sexual misbehavior, including rape.

Greta Gerwig is only the fifth woman in Oscars history to be nominated for best director - for comedy/drama "Lady Bird" - but she faces tough competition from Guillermo del Toro, the runaway favorite for "The Shape of Water".

At the Chinese Theater across the street from the Dolby Theater where the Oscars are held, a group was watching "A Wrinkle In Time" for what they thought was a special screening.

Accepting the award, Ivory called the film, about first love, "a story familiar to most of us, whether we're straight or gay or somewhere in between".

Here is a look, in photos, at the Oscars red carpet.

Rhimes announced recently that the black dress code "was launched on the red carpet, but was never meant to live there", the Huffington Post reveals.

The labels were missing on the limelight they usually receive during the award nights, but the 90th Academy Awards gave them their moment in the sun with celebs donning popular high-end couture brands like Armani Prive, Dior Calvin Klein, Atelier Versace, Vera Wang, Valentiono, Gucci and Ralph Lauren among others.

And Mary J. Blige - the first person to be nominated for acting and songwriting for the same film, "Mudbound" - wore a white gown with a glittering bodice and an asymmetrical neckline.

But elsewhere on the carpet, an uncomfortable drama was playing out, as a number of big stars appeared to spurn Ryan Seacrest, the E! red carpet host who has been accused of sexual misconduct - including groping - by a stylist who worked for him.

Allison Janney ('I, Tonya"), and Best Supporting Actor (Male) nominee Christopher Plummer, "Get Out" actress Allison Williams, and "Spider-Man' star Tom Holland were among the early arrivals. Oldman denied the allegations.

Twenty years ago, a "Titanic" sweep won record ratings for the Oscar broadcast. It was funnier when he did a similar bit previous year (remember Gary from Chicago?), and the screams of the crowd drowned out what Kimmel was trying to say.

Movie attendance also hit a 24-year low in 2017. The campaign has already gathered United States dollars 21 million (Rs 13.6 crores, approximately) in a legal defense fund for survivors who have faced sexual misconduct or discrimination.

This year, the academy has prohibited the PwC accountants who handle the envelopes from using cellphones or social media during the show. Neither of the PwC representatives involved in the mishap previous year, Brian Cullinan or Martha Ruiz, will return to the show.

Beatty and Dunaway were invited back. The "Bonnie and Clyde" duo will, 12 months later, get "take two".

Kimmel bit wasn't the first time he's involved the crowd in an awards show gag.

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