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Jimmy Kimmel Asks Oscars Viewers To Speak 'Not As Liberals Or Conservatives, But As Americans' In Opening Monologue

'We could make America great again,' Kimmel said in his rousing opening speech. 'It starts with us.'

Jimmy Kimmel Asks Oscars Viewers To Talk To Each Other 'Not As Liberals Or Conservatives, But As Americans' In Opening Monologue
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Jimmy Kimmel opened the 2018 Academy Awards with a strong message of unity — but not before he addressed last year's Oscars calamity.

During the 2017 show, La La Land was incorrectly announced as the Best Picture winner when Moonlight was, in fact, the pick.

"Some of you will be going home tonight with an Academy Award. This year, when you hear your name called. Don’t get up right away," the 50-year-old jibed.

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But what's an awards show opener without a little politics?

"This broadcast is being watched live by millions of Americans and around the world in more than 225 countries that now hate us," Kimmel said. "And I think that is an amazing thing. I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? It’s gone, thanks to him!"

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Before long, though, Kimmel's message had become one of positivity and bipartisanship.

"The country is divided right now," he went on. "I’m not the man to unite this country but it can be done. If every person watching this show... took a minute to reach out to one person to disagree with, someone you like, and have a positive considerate conversation — not as liberals or conservatives, but as Americans, we could make America great again. It starts with us."

Jimmy Kimmel Asks Oscars Viewers To Speak 'Not As Liberals Or Conservatives, But As Americans' In Opening Monologue
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