Jimmy Kimmel vs. Matt Damon: Oscar host wants to sabotage his arch-nemesis for Best Picture

Matt Damon is nominated for Best Picture at this weekend’s Oscars as a producer of the independent drama “Manchester by the Sea,” but he won’t win, not if Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel has anything to say about it. “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that he doesn’t win or doesn’t know that he won,” Kimmel said in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “My goal is to keep him offstage.”

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It would be fitting payback for Kimmel, who was ribbed by Damon at the 2016 Emmys after “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” lost Best Variety Talk Series to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (watch below). “That’s a bummer. It makes a lot of sense, but you must be really bummed out,” said Damon after Kimmel’s loss. “This is so humiliating. You lost and now you’ve got to stand out here for the rest of the night in front of everybody when you probably just want to go home, curl up and cry.” Then he turned to the audience and asked for a round of applause for his frenemy. “Can we cheer Jimmy up? He’s a big loser!”

Well, turnabout is fair play, Matt. “La La Land” is currently the overwhelming favorite to win the Best Picture Oscar. Methinks Kimmel won’t let Damon live that one down. How do you like them apples?

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