Jimmy Kimmel to host 90th Academy Awards

Peter Castro
May 17, 2017

"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".

Kimmel has been roped in to serve as the host for the 90th ceremony next year.

Kimmel was quick to make light of the event after Tuesday's announcement. "I am grateful to Cheryl, Dawn and the Academy for asking me to return to work with two of my favorite people, [producers] Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd".

At the end of the otherwise decently-hosted Oscars 2017, La La Land was mistakenly announced as the victor for best picture, only to be corrected seconds later and the real victor announced, Moonlight.

The Academy Awards aren't exactly known for off-the-cuff surprises, but that all changed at the 2017 Oscars, when the biggest on-stage mixup ever was broadcast for the world to see.

Boone Isaacs acknowledged that dip in ratings is "a little troubling", but she doesn't blame the team for the numbers.

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He added, "The good news is that we got to see some extra speeches".

Boone Isaccs expects the movies to help bolster interest this year.

"That was more about (accounting firm) PwC and not the producers or the host, and we have addressed that issue".

The Academy took its sweet time in setting producers and a host for this year's ceremony, so it was honestly surprising just how smooth things went given the lack of preparation time.

The 90th Academy Awards will air Sunday, March 4, 2018 on ABC.

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