Academy Awards season is just a few months away. Early next year, “Hollywood’s Greatest Night” will be hosted — once again — by late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.
It’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The hosts are on stage at the Oscars for the third time. He hosted the 89th and 90th award shows in 2017 and 2018. The 95th Annual Awards Show will be held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on March 12.
“To be invited to host the Oscars for the third time is either a huge honor or a trap,” Kimmel said in a press release. “Either way, I’m grateful to the Academy that everyone asked me so quickly after saying ‘no’.”
Academy CEO Bill Kramer and president Janet Yang, despite his self-deprecating quip, said in the same release that he is the “perfect host”.
“His love for movies, live TV expertise and ability to connect with our global audience will create an unforgettable experience for millions of our viewers around the world,” he added. “With Kimmel, [executive producers and showrunners Glenn] twenty more [Ricky] Kirshner’s fresh perspective and outstanding guidance, the Oscars will celebrate its rich 95-year history, the collaborative nature of filmmaking, and our diverse, dynamic and deeply creative community of filmmakers.”
Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, Hulu and Disney-branded Television Streaming Originals, said Kimmel’s return to hosting is a “dream come true.”
“As we see on his show every night, Jimmy can handle anything with both heart and humor,” he said.
At the last Oscars, Will Smith famously marched on stage andacross the face. The attack came after The Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, calling her “GI Jane” in reference to her lack of hair. Will Smith’s actress and wife have lost their hair due to alopecia, an autoimmune disease.
“We know that [Kimmel] will provide moments of laughter and celebration that define the Oscars,” said Irwich. “We love being home to Hollywood’s biggest night and can’t wait to enjoy the success of this year’s cinema and storytelling.” Can.”