Last year, it took forever for the Academy to find their host for the Oscars, only announcing that Jimmy Kimmel would take the stage in December. Well, this year, they’re way ahead of the game.
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today that Kimmel will return to host the Oscars in 2018, with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd also returning. The late night host was generally well received, even if the ratings were down from 2016. Perhaps more crucially, Kimmel held a steady hand during the Best Picture dust-up that closed the show, when “La La Land” was mistakenly named Best Picture over “Moonlight,” making for one of the most infamous moments in the show’s history.
“After just one year, we can’t imagine anyone else hosting The Oscars. Jimmy’s skillful command of the stage is invaluable on a night when anything can happen – and does,” said Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment. “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.”
The Oscars will air on March 4, 2018.