Oscars 2018: Jimmy Kimmel just made a joke about last year's Academy Awards disaster
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Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the ceremony with a joke about last year's mix-up which saw the wrong winner announced in the best picture category. Kimmel said: "This year when you hear your name called, don't get up right away, give us a minute, we don't want another thing".

Kimmel's joke was a reference to last year's best picture fiasco, after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced "La La Land" as the winner instead of "Moonlight," because they were handed the wrong envelope by accountants from firm PWC.

Kimmel also poked fun at at the accounting firm, joking he turned down a skit on the accountants last year and the mistaken reading of "La La Land" was a result of the accountants trying to do comedy.

Last year, about a week before the show the producers asked me if I wanted to do some comedy with the accountants and I said 'No, I don't want to do comedy with the accountants.' So then the accountants went ahead and did comedy on their own.

It was savage, and people were here for it.

This year, the academy has prohibited the PWC accountants who handle the envelopes from using cellphones or social media during the show. Neither of the PWC representatives involved in the mishap last year, Brian Cullinan or Martha Ruiz, will return to the show.

Kimmel added:

I'm hopeful things will go smoothly this year, we can't ruin this one, this is a special year. This is a big one, these are the 90th Academy Awards, this is history happening right here.

Our friend Oscar is 90 years old, so that means he is probably at home right now watching Fox News.

After all the awards given for achievements in showbusiness, Oscar is still number one, Oscar is the most beloved and respected man in Hollywood and there is a very good reason why, he keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and most importantly no penis at all. He is literally a statue of limitations and that is the kind of men we need more of in this town. Here is how clueless Hollywood is about women, we made a movie called What Women Want and it starred Mel Gibson.

Additional reporting: agencies

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