The 2018 Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel majorly outdoes last year's heavily-criticized tour bus bit. He interrupted a movie screening, with various big-name stars in tow.
Meeting The Public
Alongside volunteers from the audience Gal Gadot, Margot Robbie, Mark Hamill, Ansel Elgort, Armie Hammer, Guillermo Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Lupita Nyong'o, Kimmel invaded a screening of A Wrinkle In Time.
The flick was playing at the nearby TCL Chinese Theater. It was an early screening of the much-anticipated Ava DuVernay-directed Disney adaptation, but attendees got more than just a first look at the movie.
Gadot and Kimmel entered the theater first, understandably shocking the unsuspecting crowd. Miranda and del Toro carried a 6-foot sub sandwich behind them while everyone else had baskets of treats.
The group handed out various snacks to the patrons, with Kimmel offering Red Vines, gummy bears, and even utilizing a hot dog cannon to fire hot dogs into the crowd. Everyone immediately started going nuts, naturally.
"You are live on the Oscars right now," Kimmel told them.
Taking Part In The Show
The host then chose a random audience member named Mike Young and tasked him with introducing the next presenters Tiffany Haddish — whose name he had difficulty pronouncing — and Maya Rudolph.
The pair subsequently made waves for removing their high-heeled shoes for the occasion, with Rudolph going barefoot while Haddish slid into comfy Uggs.
The cinema bit was aimed at thanking moviegoers for continuing to pay for movies, with Kimmel making a big speech about same in front of the crowd as well as the Oscars audience, and the millions watching at home. As this is the 90th year of the Academy Awards, the timing seemed ideal.
Each year, the ceremony takes a break to do something a bit funny. Sometimes it goes well, as with Ellen DeGeneres' iconic Oscars selfie, or pizza being handed out to the ravenous audience. Others, as with last year's tour bus entrance, it doesn't land quite as hard.
The secret may be taking the show to regular people rather than taking regular people to the show.
This was not your average screening of #WrinkleInTime... #Oscars @GalGadot @AnselElgort @MargotRobbie @HamillHimself @RealGDT #EmilyBlunt @Lupita_Nyongo @ArmieHammer @Lin_Manuel @IamGuillermo @ChineseTheatres pic.twitter.com/CdpwRO6NS0 — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 5, 2018