Here are four of Jimmy Kimmel's best barbs

Is it a huge surprise that Jimmy Kimmel came ready with solid jokes? Well, the guy does it every weeknight. But hey, the stakes were pretty high tonight. And judging by the cackles from the crowd, Kimmel seemed to do OK!

Here are four of his best quips:

1. President Trump, are you out there?

At the top of his monologue, Kimmel mentioned that "Black Panther" co-star Lupita Nyong'o was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya. 

"Let the tweetstorm from the president's toilet begin," Kimmel said.

2. Let's avoid another fiasco, mmkay?

Kimmel made light of last year's envelope mix-up — you know, that whole thing where Bonnie and Clyde incorrectly announced "La La Land" as best picture instead of "Moonlight," the actual winner.

"This year, when you hear your name called, don't get up right away," Kimmel said.

3. You're a real gentleman, Oscar

Here's our host praising the golden Oscar statue for his appropriate workplace behavior: "He keeps his hands where you can seem them, never says a rude word — and most importantly, no penis at all. He is literally a statue of limitations."

That riff was just of the many ways #MeToo looms over the night.

4. A night for landmarks — or else

Rachel Morrison ("Mudbound") is the first woman to be nominated for best cinematography. And in the best director category, Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird") and Jordan Peele ("Get Out") join a short list of women and minorities to be recognized.

"If you are a nominee tonight who isn't making history, shame on you," Kimmel joked.

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Daniel Arkin

'The Shape of Water' is your best picture winner

Guillermo del Toro's whimsical fable about a mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with a mutant fish-man took home the top prize at the Oscars.

Frances McDormand is better than all of us

While accepting the Best Actress trophy, Frances McDormand embodied every inch of the night's equality rhetoric by asking each and every female actor, director, cinematographer, writer, artist, etc., stand up to be acknowledged. Because here's the thing: with so much TALK about inclusion, we're still lacking action. And how do you act? By bringing those you're trying to include to the forefront.

Everyone wins an award playing Winston Churchill

Now that Gary Oldman won a Best Actor Oscar playing Winston Churchill, we should remember that this role is the ultimate in awards bait. Oldman is the first win for someone playing the prime minister, but it's worth noting that this year also saw the release of "Churchill" starring Brian Cox in the title role. 

But three people have won for playing Churchill on TV, the most recent being John Lithgow in "The Crown." The other two are Albert Finney for "The Gathering Storm" in 2002 and Brendan Gleeson for Into the Storm in 2009. 

Cynthia Nixon only needs to win an Oscar to finish her EGOT. Maybe someone should cast her as Churchill. It seems to work for everyone else. 

Guillermo del Toro calls on us all to "erase the lines in the sand"

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Mexican directors have won in four of the last five years

2014: Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"

2015: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Birdman"

2016: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "The Revenant"

2018: Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water"


A very important anniversary

Appropriately, this year's Oscars is now longer than Titanic. The winner of Best Picture 20 years ago. Bless us, everyone.

Netflix just dropped the trailer for the final season of 'House of Cards'

It’s a bit of a gutsy move considering the tone of the evening and that one of the show’s stars, Kevin Spacey, was accused of sexual misconduct.

Spacey won’t be on the new season, and the trailer makes that clear.

'Here are the four men and Greta Gerwig nominated for Best Director'

When announcing the Best Director nominees, Emma Stone described them accurately. Specifically, she referred to them as "four men and Greta Gerwig." (Truth!) And while Gerwig lost out to Guillermo Del Toro, we can at least take comfort in the fact that relaying a fact is still seen as groundbreaking.

Jordan Peele thought making 'Get Out' would be 'impossible'