Jimmy Kimmel jokes about slapping and features celebrity ‘crisis team’ in Oscars monologue

CNN — Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the show by introducing some unofficial members of the ceremony’s “crisis team” to avoid any unexpected outbursts – and the crew included The Mandalorian, a Spider-Man and Steven Spielberg. Kimmel nodded at Will Smith slapping Chris Rock throughout his opening monologue, joking that if anyone in the … Read more

The Oscars battle for relevance in the age of streaming

Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios All the pieces are in place for the Oscars to return on Sunday. But if a list of popular movies and the spark of last year’s controversial show can’t save its ratings, then this might be its last gasp of relevance instead. Why is this important: Big awards shows like the Oscars … Read more

Hollywood stars spend Oscars eve at Chanel’s annual dinner

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the eve of the Oscars, many Hollywood stars didn’t go to bed early before the show. Instead, they chatted all night long, martinis and champagne in hand, at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s famed Polo Lounge for Chanel and Charles Finch’s annual dinner party, an invitation even harder to secure than … Read more