After Will Smith's slap in the face of Chris Rock, the Hollywood Academy chose the popular presenter for the third time for the gala to be held on March 27 in Los Angeles
Jimmy Kimmel will present for the third time the gala of the Oscars (Reuters)
The Oscars will feature Jimmy Kimmel as host at its upcoming award ceremony, a year after actor Will Smith rocked cinema's biggest ceremony by slapping host Chris Rock.
“Jimmy is the perfect host for our 95th installment. His love of movies, his experience in live television and his ability to connect with global audiences will create an unforgettable experience for our millions of viewers around the world, “said the Hollywood Academy in making the announcement on Monday.
It will be the third time that this famous face of the small screen in the United States will be in charge of giving rhythm and continuity to the awards after having assumed that task in 2017 and 2018, which was the last time these awards had a presenter.
“It's a great honor or a trap. Either way, I'm grateful to the Academy for asking me so quickly after all the good guys said no,” Kimmel joked in remarks contained in the press release.
The executive producers and showrunners Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner announced the news this morning. This will be the third time Kimmel has come to Dolby for Hollywood's biggest night of the year after hosting in 2017 and 2018.
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Comedian, actor, host and writer, Kimmel has made his name primarily as host and executive producer of ABC's late-night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, which has made him a constant among Emmy nominees.
His work leading the two previous Oscar ceremonies in which he served as host earned him nominations for these awards.
It was in 2019 when the Hollywood Academy dispensed with a presenter after the actor Kevin Hart resigned from the position due to the controversy over some old messages with homophobic content published on Twitter between 2009 and 2011. A replacement was sought without success and finally it was decided that that ceremony would be the first since 1989 without this figure, something that was repeated in 2020 and 2021, which was the least followed edition on television in its history.
The next Oscars ceremony is scheduled to take place on March 27 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles while the nominees will be announced on February 8.
Jordan Horowitz from "La La Land" holds the card that announces “Moonlight” as winner of the Oscar for Best Picture Warren Beatty and Jimmy Kimmel (Reuters)
Kimmel holds a unique place in Oscar history as he presided over the “over-gate2” in 2017 when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway received the wrong envelope and announced “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner, only to to be embarrassingly corrected when one of the producers of that film took the correct envelope to reveal that there had been a mistake and that “Moonlight” was the actual winner. It was pure chaos and Kimmel was right there on stage in the middle of it all. However, he returned the following year, as did Beatty and Dunaway, presenting Best Picture again (for The Shape of Water), this time without incident.
The 2017 show drew 32.9 million viewers, while its 2018 comeback season came in with six million fewer at 26.5. The 2019 hostless Oscars drew 29.6 viewers, but the last three years have scored much lower, even with the return of the host format last year when the ceremony headlined by Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall improved. compared to the previous year's widely criticized COVID show, jumping to 16.6 million viewers, still second lowest.
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“Having Jimmy Kimmel back as host of the Oscars is a A dream come true. As we see every night on his own show, Jimmy can handle anything with heart and humor, and we know he will deliver the laughs and moments of celebration that define the Oscars,” said Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, Hulu and Disney. “We love being the home of the biggest night in Hollywood and can't wait to toast the success of cinema.”