Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel is set to return as the host of the Oscars for the fourth time, marking his second consecutive year presiding over Hollywood’s premier awards show. The announcement was made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and broadcaster ABC. Kimmel, known for his humor and humanity, previously hosted the Oscars in 2017 and 2018, with a return for the 2023 edition.
In a statement, Kimmel jokingly expressed, “I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times.” The executive producers of the Oscars, Raj Kapoor and Katy Mullan, praised Kimmel as “one of the all-time great Oscars hosts” and highlighted his perfect blend of humanity and humor.
The 96th Oscars ceremony is scheduled to take place on March 10 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Kimmel’s return as the host follows the success of the previous year’s ceremony, which received positive reviews and saw an increase in television ratings. The 2023 Oscars featured memorable moments, including Kimmel being lowered onto the stage and a surprise appearance by a miniature emotional support donkey.
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The decision to bring back Kimmel is seen as a strategic move to maintain a steady and entertaining hosting presence. The Oscars have been grappling with the challenge of retaining viewership amid changing viewing habits and increased competition from streaming platforms. The positive trend in ratings over the past two years provides a boost to live awards shows, which have faced challenges in attracting audiences.
As Hollywood rebounds from the recent dual strikes by actors and writers, the industry is gearing up for a night of celebration and recognition at the 96th Oscars, with Jimmy Kimmel leading the way as the host for the much-anticipated event.
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