Comedian Jimmy Kimmel delivers a speech during the opening of the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. / AFP / Mark RALSTON
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Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel Sunday led a star-studded tribute to Hollywood's best in honoring the campaign against sexual misconduct and breakthroughs in racial and ethnic diversity beginning to transform the movie business. The live telecast, which ran for nearly four hours, built on the socially conscious thrust that has marked Oscar night during the past few years, transforming the 90th edition of the glittering awards show into a conversation about sexual politics and inclusion.In his opening monologue, Kimmel skewered the class of powerful men who preyed on women with a sight gag focused on a larger-than-life Oscar statue on stage, noting the male sculpture's anatomically simplified lack of genitalia.The centerpiece for Oscar recognition of activism came midway through the show, as three actresses who were among Weinstein's accusers – Annabella Sciorra, Ashley Judd and Salma Hayek – introduced a montage of film clips and celebrity interviews paying tribute to diversity of all kinds.
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