Jimmy Kimmel Debuts First Oscars Promo
The late-night host is set to return as the emcee of the ceremony taking place March 4.
Jimmy Kimmel is ready for Academy Awards duty once again, returning to host the 90th edition of the annual awards ceremony, to be held on March 4.
In the first teaser for Kimmel's upcoming hosting gig, the late-night host expressed his one wish for the holiday season.
“All I want for Christmas is for you to watch me host the 90th Oscars, March 4 on ABC. And a jet pack,” the host joked, before later revealing the special gift he received from his mom this holiday. “Thanks, Mom,” Kimmel said, donning a jet pack before launching into the air.
In May, ABC and the Academy announced that Kimmel would reunite with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd for the 2018 ceremony. The trio originally joined forces for last year’s Oscars, but their work was overshadowed by the envelope fiasco that resulted in La La Land, rather than actual winner Moonlight, being announced as the recipient for best picture.
After his return was announced, Kimmel was quick to joke about last year’s mayhem in the first-look promo for the 2018 Oscars. "If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show."
Jokes aside, the late-night host has expressed how humbled he felt to return as host, emphasizing that last year’s hosting gig was the “highlight” of his career. “Hosting the Oscars was a highlight of my career, and I am grateful to Cheryl [Boone Isaacs], [Academy CEO] Dawn [Hudson] and the Academy for asking me to return to work with two of my favorite people, Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd,” Kimmel said.
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey explained that Kimmel was the obvious choice to emcee the Academy’s 90th show. “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. 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.”
This year marks the first time the Academy Awards will have a new broadcast time slot for the ceremony, beginning a half-hour earlier than prior telecasts. The Oscars preshow will thus start at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m.
The 90th Academy Awards will air live from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, March 4, at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on ABC.
See the first spot below.