There was no #MeToo or Time's up dress code on the Oscar red carpet. But the topic was, to no one's surprise, a major theme of the evening- from Jimmy Kimmel's monologue to an emotional appearance by three Harvey Weinstein accusers, to Frances McDormand's calling at female nominees to rise with her in unison.
Kimmel got right to it, addressing both sexual misconduct and the gender pay gap in his opening speech."Here's how clueless Hollywood is about women," Kimmel said." We made a movie called 'What Women Want' and it starred Mel Gibson."
Turning serious, Kimmel said the world was watching and that Hollywood needed to set an example. And then he quipped "If we can stop sexual harassment in the workplace, women will only ever have to deal with harassment all the time, every place else they go."
He also evoked the now-disgraced name of Harvey Weinstein, whose sexual misconduct revealed late last year launched the stunning reckoning that quickly spread to other areas of society. For years one of the biggest players at Oscars, Weinstein has now been thrown out of the academy. Kimmel marveled that only other person ever kicked out was a character actor who shared screeners.
The most emotional #MeToo moment, though, came courtesy of actresses Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek, three women who were instrumental in the unfolding Weinstein revelations. They came onstage to introduce a montage that celebrated the diversity of all kinds of cinematic storytelling.