Jimmy Kimmel will return to host next year’s Oscars

Was in charge of handling eventful 2017 ceremony

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2017 file photo, host Jimmy Kimmel appears at the Oscars in Los Angeles. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, said Kimmel will return for the 90th Oscars on March 4, 2018. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Jimmy Kimmel has been hired to host the 2018 Academy Awards, marking his second consecutive hosting gig for the premier event in Hollywood. ABC announced in tandem with the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences that Kimmel would return with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, who were also involved with the 2017 ceremony. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, “Mike and Jennifer produced a beautiful show that was visually stunning. And Jimmy proved, from his opening monologue all the way through a finale we could never have imagined, that he is one of our finest hosts in Oscar history.” Hollywood historians noted that this announcement came earlier than usual, especially considering the 2018 ceremony’s later date (the first Sunday of March due to Winter Olympics scheduling conflicts). Hosts are usually not announced until September; Kimmel himself was announced as host of the 2017 ceremony in December 2016.

Kimmel was at the helm on February 26, 2017 for the biggest headline coming out of the ceremony, which was the mixup between the crews of La La Land and Moonlight during the presentation of the Academy Award for Best Picture. At the time, when it was discovered that La La Land was incorrectly awarded what was intended for Moonlight, Kimmel was generally praised for his handling of the ensuing onstage chaos and his quick wit. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said this was a factor in the selection of Kimmel to return: “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.” Overall, the 2017 ceremony earned 32.9 million viewers, which was a 4 percent decrease from the 2016 ceremony, but it appears ABC was satisfied with those numbers.

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