Jimmy Kimmel Set to Host the 96th Academy Awards for the Second Year in a Row
Guam News Factor – In an exciting announcement, Jimmy Kimmel has been chosen as the host for the 96th Academy Awards, marking his second consecutive year and fourth overall as the host of Hollywood’s most prestigious event. Kimmel previously hosted the Oscars in 2017 and 2018, winning over audiences with his wit and charm.
Kimmel’s return as the host follows a massively successful 2023 ceremony, which drew an impressive 18.7 million viewers. This made it the most-watched Oscars broadcast since the pre-pandemic era in 2020. The positive response to last year’s event undoubtedly played a significant role in Kimmel’s invitation to return.
The 2022 Oscars faced a wave of controversy when actor Will Smith notoriously slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage. However, Kimmel’s hosting skills helped stabilize the event and bring back the focus on the celebration of cinema. With his experience and natural comedic talent, Kimmel is expected to bring that same stability to next year’s ceremony.
While Kimmel has proven himself as an exceptional host, he still has a long way to go before reaching the record set by Hollywood legend Bob Hope, who holds the title of hosting the Oscars a staggering 19 times. However, Kimmel’s consistent presence at the awards ceremony is a testament to his popularity among audiences and the industry.
Joining Kimmel in shaping the 96th Academy Awards are renowned individuals in the entertainment industry. Raj Kapoor has been announced as the executive producer, bringing his wealth of experience and expertise to the table. Katy Mullan will serve as the showrunner, responsible for overseeing the creative aspects of the event.
Ensuring smooth directing of the awards show will be Hamish Hamilton, known for his work on numerous live events and awards ceremonies. Molly McNearney, executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live and Kimmel’s wife, will also return as an executive producer for the second consecutive year, bringing a unique perspective and contribution to the show.
The 96th Academy Awards is scheduled to air live on ABC on March 10 from the iconic Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. With Jimmy Kimmel at the helm, viewers can expect an evening filled with laughter, memorable moments, and the recognition of outstanding achievements in the world of cinema.