Jimmy Kimmel's ongoing "feud" with Matt Damon continued at the 89th annual Oscars ceremony last night, and much to the delight of the audience, the evening's host hilariously slammed his frenemy multiple times during the broadcast.
"Tonight in the spirit of bringing people together, I would like to bury the hatchet with someone I've had issues with -- Matt Damon," said Kimmel in his opening monologue. "Now, Matt, I've known Matt for a long time. I've known Matt so long, when I first met Matt, I was the fat one."
But that was just the first burn of many as Kimmel's ongoing decade-long gag became the centerpiece of his hosting duties.
"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. Matt, as you probably know, could have starred in 'Manchester by the Sea.' ... But he didn't. He gave that role to Casey Affleck, his childhood friend," Kimmel continued. "He handed what turned out to be an Oscar-caliber role over to his friend and made a Chinese ponytail movie instead. And that movie, 'The Great Wall,' went on to lose $80 million."
Throughout last night's Academy Awards, the live show was broken up by pre-recorded clips of actors describing the movies that most influenced them. Kimmel got a chance to satirize the segment by describing his favorite movie, Damon's 2011 film We Bought a Zoo.
When Ben Affleck and Matt Damon took to the stage to present the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, Affleck was announced by name and Damon was labeled as "guest." As the two read the teleprompter, the orchestra, conducted by Kimmel, continually tried to play Damon off.
"You gotta be kidding me," Damon said. "I'm just presenting! You can't play me off."
"Listen, there are certain people who are winners and there are certain people that aren't. I put Matt in the latter category," said Jimmy Kimmel to the press. "I don't see him getting his grubby, overly moisturized little hands on an Oscar on Sunday night. And if he does, I'll be heartsick."
Even after all these years, this bit is still not stale. We can only hope that these two keep battling it out publicly for our enjoyment for years to come.