Oscars 2018: Jimmy Kimmel announced as host. The 90th Oscars will be held on March 4, 2018.
Good news for Jimmy Kimmel, he announced as host of Oscar 2018. Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the 2018 Academy Awards, despite a historic goof up. Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the Oscars once more. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday said Kimmel will return for the 90th Oscars with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, the team behind this year’s ceremony.
In the official announcement Kimmel said “If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!”.
It’s an extremely early date to set the host for the 2018 ceremony – Kimmel was not announced as the host of the 2017 Oscars until December 2016, and the previous year’s host, Chris Rock, was announced the prior November – but film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told the Associated Press Tuesday that they were so pleased with the team that they wanted to “keep the momentum going” for the 90th.
Boone Isaacs said. “It’s going to be a big celebration, and it’s wonderful to have a team that’s experienced, and freshly experienced, and already has some wonderful ideas.”
Ratings for the 89th Oscars this past February were the lowest since 2008 with 32.9 million viewers tuning in, however, even with the drama of the envelope gaffe in which Faye Dunaway, reading an incorrect card, announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner. Boone Isaacs acknowledged that dip in ratings is “a little troubling,” but she doesn’t blame the team for the numbers.
“That was more about (accounting firm) PwC and not the producers or the host, and we have addressed that issue. That envelope is closed,”. Boone Isaacs said. “That was a very specific situation that was addressed right away, and now we’ll just move on.”
New set of rules for PwC, which took responsibility for the mistake, were implemented following the ceremony, including a ban on cellphones backstage for accountants, employing a third balloting partner for the telecast and bringing in PwC’s U.S. chairman to provide oversight.
Kimmel, who balanced political jabs with lighthearted humour at this year’s ceremony, also recently garnered attention for comments he made on his late night show that all Americans deserve the same level of health care given his infant son, who was born with a heart defect that required surgery to repair.
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