Jimmy Kimmel Roasts Nicole Kidman AMC Ad in Oscars 2023 Monologue

He’s acquired jokes! Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the ninety fifth annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 12, with a rousing monologue — and nobody within the crowd was secure.

“I do know that being right here tonight is a dream come true for the general public on this room. Thanks for inviting me to be part of it this 12 months when the world lastly acquired out of the home to see the movies you labored so exhausting to make,” Kimmel, 55, started his opening monologue on Sunday on the Dolby Theatre in L.A. “I additionally need to say that I’m joyful to see that Nicole Kidman has lastly been launched from that deserted AMC, the place she’s been held captive for nearly two full years now. It’s good to have you ever again, Nicole, and thanks for encouraging individuals who have been already on the films to go to the movie show.”

The 55-year-old Massive Little Lies alum — who starred in a now-viral, post-pandemic industrial for the cinema chain in September 2021 — attended Sunday’s ceremony with husband Keith City, the place they couldn’t assist however chuckle at Kimmel’s jab.

Kidman wasn’t the one topic of the comedian’s jokes. Her ex-husband. Tom Cruise, who was notably absent from the present attributable to his Mission Unimaginable filming schedule, shortly grew to become joke fodder.

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“, Tom and James Cameron didn’t present up tonight. The 2 guys who insisted we go to the theater didn’t come to the theater,” Kimmel quipped. “I imply, how does the Academy not nominate the man who directed Avatar? What do they assume he’s, a girl?”

Cameron’s Avatar: The Manner of Water, which is up for Greatest Image, even impressed a pointed joke about Nick Cannon’s expansive brood of 12 kids. “The sequel to Avatar, it’s the most costly film ever made,” the Oscars host famous. “Simply to interrupt even, all of Nick Cannon’s youngsters needed to see Avatar 4 instances! And so they did I suppose?”

The Jimmy Kimmel Stay! host’s Sunday look additionally featured hilarious references to the Ozempic weight loss plan pattern, the recognition of Irish actors incomes Oscar nods, Rihanna’s anticipated rendition of “Raise Me Up” — and the way Cruise’s Prime Gun: Maverick “saved the films.”

“Everybody cherished Prime Gun, everybody! I imply, Tom Cruise along with his shirt off and that seashore soccer scene? L. Ron [Hubbard], hubba hubba,” Kimmel added, referring to the founding father of Church of Scientology, of which the Mission Unimaginable star, 60, is famously a member.

The comic, whose Sunday look marked his third time emceeing the Oscars ceremony, additionally praised the astounding quantity of first-time nominees, together with Jamie Lee Curtis, Michelle Yeoh, Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan.

“Two actors from Encino Man are nominated for Oscars,” Kimmel added, straight addressing Fraser, 54, and Quan, 51. “What an unimaginable evening this have to be for the 2 of you and what a troublesome evening it have to be for [your costar] Pauly Shore.”

Kimmel beforehand hosted the Oscars in 2017 and 2018.

“I feel it’s most likely that I used to be stunned as a result of I didn’t essentially assume I’d ever do it once more or be requested to do it once more,” Kimmel informed The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month about deciding to host the awards ceremony once more. “And it wasn’t a kind of conditions the place they couldn’t get anyone they usually requested me on the final minute — I positively would have stated no if that was the case. So, I don’t know, it form of got here out of the blue they usually clearly acquired me on the proper second. I did wait per week to inform my spouse [Molly McNearney]. I believed she may react negatively, however she was very constructive, so I stated, ‘OK, yeah, I’ll do it.’”

Whereas talking with the outlet, the New York native teased his monologue plans earlier than the large day.

“It’ll be just like what I’ve executed previously. I don’t have plenty of skills, so there’s not an enormous variety of areas for me to attract from outdoors of telling jokes,” he quipped to THR on Tuesday, March 7. “I imply, I’m fairly good at drawing cartoons, so I suppose I might sit down and do caricatures of the celebrities? However I significantly get pleasure from writing jokes for a particular viewers, whether or not that be on the upfronts or a bunch of TV or film stars. It allows you to be very particular.”