It’s only May, but the motion picture academy has already announced that Jimmy Kimmel will return next year to host the 2018 Academy Awards, and that Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will be back as producers. This announcement is quite a vote of confidence for the academy, since Kimmel wasn’t revealed as the host of the 2017 Oscar ceremony until last December, a few months after he hosted the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards telecast.
Many others have emceed the Oscars more than once, but this is the first time the same host will preside over back-to-back ceremonies since Billy Crystal in 1997 and 1998. That’s elite company to be in, but it’s no wonder since Kimmel earned rave reviews for his performance this year. Ben Travers (IndieWire) said that Kimmel “slayed” and that the telecast was “joyous.” Robert Bianco (USA Today) commented, “When it comes to awards shows this season, Jimmy Kimmel is batting a thousand.” And Dominic Patten (Deadline) commented, “[Kimmel] found the right balance and tone from the get-go.”
Of course, the 2017 Oscars are probably better remembered as the night they announced the wrong Best Picture — “La La Land” was declared the victor, but “Moonlight” was the rightful winner — but the academy clearly isn’t holding that against the host or producers. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement, “Jimmy, Mike and Jennifer are truly an Oscar Dream Team. Mike and Jennifer produced a beautiful show that was visually stunning. And Jimmy proved, from his opening monologue all the way through a finale we could never have imagined, that he is one of our finest hosts in Oscar history.”
Kimmel added, “Hosting the Oscars was a highlight of my career and I am grateful to Cheryl, Dawn and the Academy for asking me to return to work with two of my favorite people, Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd. If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!”
And De Luca and Todd stated, “It’s not often you get two chances to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience and even more rare to be handed the keys to a party 90 years in the making. We always thought the idea that anything can happen on the Oscars was a cliche until we lived it.”
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