The 2017 Oscars put their own spin on a talk-show staple.
Awards shows and late-night talk shows have a symbiotic relationship. Just two weeks ago, James Corden organized a live version of his popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment from the “Late Late Show” for the Grammys. Jimmy Kimmel, host of the 89th Academy Awards, followed suit with an Oscars edition of “Mean Tweets” at Sunday’s ode to film.
A slew of Oscar nominees and winners read disparaging tweets sent to them by users online. Among the A-listers were Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Robert DeNiro.
Some tweets were envious: “Oh look at me… I’m Ryan Gosling, I have perfect bone structure and kind eyes. Go f**k yourself Ryan Gosling,” the Canadian actor read. Others were straight-up mean: “Dear Eddie Redmayne, I hate your stinking guts. You make me vomit. You’re the scum between my toes, Love Zhenya,” the “Fantastic Beasts” star cringed.
One tweet addressing Jessica Chastain’s complexion was particularly creative: “I’m going to white balance my TV on Jessica Chastain’s chest.” And Best Actress winner Emma Stone received what may have been the evening’s most harsh diss: “Emma Stone looks like a crack whore in every role she plays.”
“Mean Tweets” has become a popular segment on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” over the past five years and has spawned special editions involving NFL stars, musicians and even Barack Obama.