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Marijuana at the Oscars: Kimmel jokes about cannabis with Spielberg, moviegoers

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is no stranger to discussing cannabis.

On his show “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” he sent his sidekick Guillermo to MedMen’s West Hollywood dispensary right after recreational sales became legal in California. He played a game called “Who’s High?” on a January episode. And he recently proposed an interesting theory about why Attorney General Jeff Sessions hates marijuana.

Sunday night, Kimmel had the eyes of the world on him as he hosted the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. And he took the opportunity to make one apparently planned marijuana joke and added another that was improvised in the moment.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel delivers a speech during the opening of the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

As the awards show came back from a commercial break, Kimmel pretended not to know acclaimed director Steven Spielberg. Kimmel introduced himself to Spielberg, then leaned over to ask, “Do you have any pot?”

Spielberg appeared thrown for a brief moment. Then he joined in on the joke, starting to reach into his tuxedo jacket for a pretend stash.

The topic came up again later in the show, when Kimmel did a bit taking Armie Hammer, Gal Gadot, Emily Blunt and other celebrities across the street to surprise moviegoers watching an advance screening of “A Wrinkle in Time” at TCL Chinese Theater.

After they walked in, Kimmel said, “There is a strong aroma of marijuana in this theater.”

“It’s true,” Gadot said. Then she joked, “I wouldn’t know though.”

Given the smell, Kimmel then said it was appropriate that the celebrities came bearing snacks, including candy and hot dogs Hammer fired from a launcher.

While the Oscars typically tend to stick with more highbrow humor, both marijuana bits drew laughs from the star-studded crowd.

Frances McDormand accepts Best Actress during the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Some film folks who’ve spoken about their affinity for marijuana were also in the spotlight during Sunday night’s ceremony.

Best actress winner Frances McDormand, who was recognized for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” has spoken about being an occasional recreational consumer herself.

Whoopi Goldberg, who has a line of cannabis products targeted toward women, was also in attendance and doing red carpet interviews.

And longtime cannabis fan Woody Harrelson was nominated for best supporting actor, though he lost out to his “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” costar Sam Rockwell.


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