Matt Damon has hit back at Jimmy Kimmel by jokingly blaming him for the Oscars envelope mix-up.
The talk show host repeatedly mocked the ‘Martian’ star during the ceremony at Los Angeles Dolby Theatre on Sunday, February 26, and Matt has continued their long-running fake feud by saying it was his fault that ‘La La Land’ was wrongly announced as Best Picture when it was in fact ‘Moonlight’.
The 46-year-old actor joked to ‘Entertainment Tonight’ after the ceremony: “I was the one person who wasn’t surprised that it all got screwed up. That’s what they get for hiring Jimmy. You know, they got what they paid for.”
Jimmy, 49, couldn’t resist taking shots at his weight, career choices and lack of success during his stint at the helm of the prestigious ceremony.
In his opening monologue, he said: “Tonight, in spirit of healing and bringing people together, I would like to bury the hatchet with someone I’ve had issues with. I would. Matt Damon.
“I’ve known Matt for a long time now. I’ve known Matt so long, when I first met Matt, I was the fat one, OK? It’s true. And we’ve had problems. He’s a selfish person.
“Those of you who have worked with him know this. But Matt did something very unselfish and I want to commend him for it.”
He then explained how Matt “allowed” Casey Affleck to star in ‘Manchester by the Sea’ – a role which later in the evening won him the Best Actor award – while he took on a part in ‘The Great Wall’ instead.
He mocked: “He handed an Oscar-calibre role over to his friend and made a Chinese pony tail movie instead.
Later in the show, Jimmy brought out a bus of tourist and introduced them to some of the biggest stars in the room – and while introducing one to Casey, advised him to “ignore the jerk” behind, who turned out to be Matt.
And the jibes didn’t stop there, as the presenter looked back at his foe’s role in ‘We Bought a Zoo’ and observed: “He has almost no discernible talent. But he works.”
The ‘Manchester by the Sea’ producer didn’t even get chance to get his revenge as when he and their mutual pal Ben Affleck took to the stage to present an award, music began playing, putting Matt off every time he tried to speak.
Jimmy joked: “Wrap it up! We want to go home!”
Before the night was out, Jimmy took one final dig at his friend as he introduced Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who were presenting Best Picture.
He quipped: “And now, my favourite part of the night is here. A chance to see Matt Damon lose an Academy Award.” IOL