Jimmy Kimmel’s zasca to Will Smith’s slap at the 2023 Oscars gala

The 95th edition of the Oscars began with a tribute to the blockbuster ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and a series of references to the slap of Will Smith who overshadowed last year’s gala. The roar of an airplane was heard in Los Angeles this Sunday afternoon seconds before comedian Jimmy Kimmel opened the ceremony for ‘Everything at once everywhere’, which came as a great favorite with 11 nominations.

Kimmel has taken the bull by the horns and, right off the bat, has spent much of his opening monologue joking about Smith attacking Chris Rock onstage over a joke about his wife’s hair.

“If someone in this theater commits an act of violence at any point during the show, they will be recognized with an Oscar for best actor and will be allowed to give a 19-minute speech,” Kimmel joked, alluding to last year’s incident. , when Smith returned to the stage after slapping Rock to receive his Best Actor Oscar.

crisis team

The ceremony has for the first time a “crisis team” whose goal, like that of the host, Jimmy Kimmel, is strictly “to keep the ceremony entertaining.” It remains to be seen if the public will remain in front of the screen.

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Thanks in part to “the slap,” ratings improved last year after record declines, but even then they were nowhere near the good numbers of the 1990s, as awards show interest wanes and fatalists insist on predicting the end of movie theaters.

This year, Academy organizers hope nominations for blockbuster movies like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Avatar: Road Through Water” will once again attract viewers.