By Jillian Leiby, E23 Reporter

It was just not Jimmy Kimmel’s night. As host, much of the night’s failures and successes were bound to come down on his shoulders. All he had to do was be funny and not waste anyone’s time. He wasn’t able to accomplish either.  

While he had a few jokes that landed with the audience, Kimmel was worse than a totally unfunny host; he was boring. Ironically, it was the final Best Picture twist that made this year’s Oscars one for the history books — and saved Kimmel’s career.

The ceremony began as all ceremonies should: Justin Timberlake singing and dancing, making even the most annoying of songs cheerful and energizing the start of the show.

This may have been Kimmel’s first mistake. The opening spectacle had the entire room on their feet. Watching Timberlake almost match professional dancers in skill made even the audience at home want to dance along with him.

There was no possible way that Kimmel’s signature deadpan comedy could match that type of energy. His opening monologue was such a downer that even the audience in front of him couldn’t seem to recover. He used jokes that have been used by other comedians in the same situation before him, including himself.

I had pretty high expectations for Kimmel, having enjoyed his hosting job at last year’s Emmys. Instead of trying to raise his game, he did the same schticks done at both that Emmy ceremony (passing out food) and his own show (“surprising” regular people on camera for laughs).

Every bit was a waste of time, every joke phoned in, padding an already too long ceremony and making both the audience in the room and at home tired and uncomfortable.

By the time the (first) Best Picture winners were announced, I was ready to turn off my TV and call it a night. I was pulling for “Moonlight” to take Best Picture because it was a more interesting and diverse take on humanity.

I enjoyed “La La Land,” don’t get me wrong, but didn’t think it was as groundbreaking as the Academy would have you believe. The cinematography was breathtaking and the songs were catchy but it had too many flaws, especially compared to indie darling “Moonlight.”

I’m so glad I didn’t turn off my TV. So many unforgettable things happened in less than five minutes. Hollywood legend Warren Beatty not understanding how Emma Stone could win Best Picture and then pushing the inevitable faux-pas onto his former costar and fellow Hollywood legend Faye Dunaway.

The beat of silence before one the producers for “La La Land” yelled “We lost!” into the microphone. “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz yanking the real envelope out of Beatty’s hands and holding it up for the camera to show that “Moonlight” had indeed won. The shocked faces and gasps of the audience. The even more shocked faces and gasps of the “Moonlight” cast and crew.

It was simultaneously the greatest and saddest moment in Oscar history. I literally jumped out of my seat. I was happy that the Academy made the right choice, but sad that “Moonlight” wasn’t able to experience the elation of winning Best Picture without feeling shocked and like it was all a big joke.

I feel bad for the “La La Land” producers too, but anyone who calls this particular film diverse probably doesn’t deserve the award anyway.

And sure, Kimmel tried to laugh it off (even taking the blame for the mistake), but he should be smiling from ear to ear. This wasn’t his fault: The accountants in charge of the Oscar statuette and winner envelope have two copies and someone gave Beatty the second copy of the Best Actress envelope.

Kimmel can take a sigh of relief. His boring, lackluster and stale performance wasn’t the headline on the morning after. At least he still has his talk show.

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