The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences stated Wednesday that Jimmy Kimmel to host Oscars for fourth timein his career and the second year in a row.
ABC is going to use its late-night host again, a year after Kimmel was brought back for a ceremony in 2023 that had 18.7 million watchers, the most since the broadcast before the pandemic in 2020. After Will Smith hit Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel ran a careful show that helped the Academy Awards get back on track after years of chaos. In 2017 and 2018, Kimmel was the host of the Oscars.
Jimmy Kimmel wearing a black suit with Oscars trophy ABChas announced that Jimmy Kimmel will host the 96th Academy Awards. This is the fourth time and second year in a row that the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! has done this job. The event will happen on March 10 on the Disney-owned network. He will be in charge of the Oscars for the fourth time. As a joke, Kimmel said:
I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times.- Jimmy Kimmel
James Kimmel is one of the most recognizable faces on American TV. He hosts and produces the late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live.
He was the host of Hollywood's Biggest Night in March of this year, as well as in 2017 and 2018. The second show had record-low ratings at the time, so in 2019, 2020, and 2021, when the Oscars were badly affected by the pandemic and stripped down, the broadcast went without a host. It had the lowest rating ever.
He has won two Emmys and been nominated 20 times, including for all three of his earlier Academy Award roles. Besides that, he is the answer to a unique Oscar question: In 2017, he was in charge of the famous "envelope-gate" show, where Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope and accidentally announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner.
They were then embarrassedly corrected when one of the producers of that movie grabbed the correct envelope and showed that there had been a mistake and Moonlight was the real winner. Everything was a mess, and Kimmel was in the middle of it all on stage. But he came back the next year with Beatty and Dunaway to present Best Picture again.
As the comedian slowly moves up the record books, he is still a long way from being the most regular Oscar host. Bob Hope holds that honor. He hosted a record 19 times, either by himself or with a partner. Between 1990 and 2012, Billy Crystal was the host nine times.
Raj Kapoor will be the showrunner and executive producer, Katy Mullan will be the executive producer, and Hamish Hamilton will be the director. This was stated earlier by the Film Academy. Molly McNearney, Jimmy Kimmel's wife and executive producer of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," will join them. She will be back for a second year in a row to be an executive producer for the show. Kapoor and Mullan said in a statement:
Jimmy has cemented himself as one of the all-time great Oscars hosts with his perfect blend of humanity and humor, and Molly is one of the best live TV producers around.- Raj Kapoor and Katy Mullan
Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, Hulu, and Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals, said:
After his triumphant return to the Oscars stage last year, we are honored to have Jimmy back to guide us through one of the most beloved celebrations in entertainment. He is such a valuable member of our Disney family, and we could not be more appreciative of him and his entire team.- Craig Erwich
On March 10, the 96th Academy Awards will be shown live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
It will be the second year in a row and the fourth time overall that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chosen comedian Jimmy Kimmel to host the Oscars.
On March 10, from Los Angeles, the 96th Academy Awards will be shown live on ABC and other venues. As host and executive producer of the late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Jimmy Kimmel will be back for a second year as host, and his wife, Molly McNearney, will be back as executive producer.