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Jimmy Kimmel addresses Barbie snub in 2024 Academy Awards opener

Jimmy Kimmel addresses Barbie snub in 2024 Academy Awards opener
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Jimmy Kimmel addressed the controversy surrounding Barbie in his opening monologue at the 2024 Academy Awards on Sunday night.

The four-time host poked fun at the audience, blaming them for the fact the popular Greta Gerwig-directed film was snubbed in many award categories.

"Now, Barbie is a feminist icon, thanks to Greta Gerwig, who many believed deserved to nominated for Best Director tonight," he said, before adding, "Hold on a second. I know you're clapping, but you're the ones who didn't vote for her, by the way. Don't act like you had nothing to do with this."

Jimmy also joked about how the awards ceremony tends to run over time.

"Thank you for having me back and congratulations to each and every one of you for making it to the Academy Awards. And for making it on time," the comedian smiled. "The show, as you know, is starting an hour early this year, but don't worry, it will still end very, very late. In fact, we're already five minutes over and I am not joking."

The Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer dominated the prizegiving, taking home seven awards including Best Picture, while Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell won Best Original Song for the track What Was I Made For? from Barbie.

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