On Tuesday, May 16, the motion picture academy announced that Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2018 Academy Awards. That will be his second year in a row presenting the Oscars, which makes him the first to host consecutive ceremonies in 20 years. The last to go back-to-back was Billy Crystal in 1997 and 1998. Crystal is a tough act to follow, having hosted the Oscars a total of nine times (he’s second only to 19-time host Bob Hope), but Kimmel may warrant such comparisons. He did a stellar job hosting this year, according to critics and to our own readers. Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know how well you think Kimmel will do on his second time out.
So what will he do for an encore? At this year’s event Kimmel escalated his mock-feud with Matt Damon, who was nominated for Best Picture as a producer of “Manchester by the Sea.” That included having the orchestra try to play off Damon while he was presenting an award. Kimmel also delivered food to the hungry Oscar attendees by dropping it from the ceiling. And in one of his most memorable bits he surprised an unsuspecting tour group by bringing them into the ceremony as it was happening.
And of course Kimmel’s return to the Oscar stage next year will give him the opportunity to crack jokes about this year’s infamous flub where presenter Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty mistakenly announced “La La Land” as the winner when the prize was supposed to go to “Moonlight.” Jokes about “Envelopegate” have been made at just about every awards show since, so the gags might have grown tired by then, but if anyone deserves to have the last word on that, it’s Kimmel.