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Jimmy Kimmel to return as host for the 90th Academy Awards

05.16.2017

Hosting the Oscars is one of the most prestigious gig in all of Hollywood. You get to dress up and hang out with the stars, and then mock them mercilessly for putting on such a marvelous affair all to honor themselves. Ah, it’s a magical night, and anyone is lucky to host it once. Some are even luckier to host twice, and fewer are even even luckier to do it twice in a row, an honor Jimmy Kimmel has just been awarded.

It was announced today that Kimmel will return to host the 90th annual Academy Awards after hosting the 89th ceremony this year. Kimmel spoke to the honor which will team him up again with show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd:

Hosting the Oscars was a highlight of my career and I am grateful to Cheryl, Dawn and the Academy for asking me to return to work with two of my favorite people, Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd. If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!

President of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey also sung Kimmel to the heavens, saying how it’s hard to imagine anyone else doing show in the future:

After just one year, we can’t imagine anyone else hosting The Oscars. Jimmy’s skillful command of the stage is invaluable on a night when anything can happen – and does. With Mike and Jennifer at the helm, we’re ready for another unforgettable show that will dazzle, delight and, most importantly, honor 90 years of Hollywood’s most prestigious award.

Though Kimmel’s performance was met with praise by viewers and critics, the night’s big moment was of course the infamous LA LA LAND/MOONLIGHT flub, in which LAND was announced for best picture when in reality MOONLIGHT had one. Kimmel handled to proceedings with poise, and hopefully he won’t have to do it again this year. This year they’ll just let the best actress nominees fight to the death.

I liked Kimmel as host, with his charm and solid delivery make him an accessible, reliable choice to host the big night. But I can’t say I don’t wish they had picked someone else, just for the sake of variety. I’m sure there are plenty of other respectable funny people who could take on the gig (John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Melissa McCarthy, etc.). Kimmel is a fine choice, again, especially knowing he’ll have the ninja reflexes required to take down Warren Beatty before he steps foot on the stage.

The ceremony will be held March 4, 2018.

Source: ABC Variety

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