Jimmy Kimmel will return as Oscars host in 2018, becoming the first consecutive host of the awards since 1992, when Billy Crystal wrapped a four-year run.
In addition, Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will return as producers, a clear indication that the academy didn’t hold them responsible for the best picture fiasco at the Feb. 26 ceremony.
“Jimmy, Mike and Jennifer are truly an Oscar Dream Team,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, academy president who will step down later this year at the end of her tenure. “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 our finest hosts in Oscar history.”
As a result, Kimmel’s first Oscars host outing ranked as one of the most memorable in history. As the magnitude of the fiasco quickly swept over those onstage, then on through the audience — both in the Dolby Theatre and at home — Kimmel kept his head and his humor, joking, “I knew I would screw this up.”
Kimmel had something to say about that in his prepared statement: “If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!”
Kimmel is on a late-night hot streak: His recent tribute to Don Rickles was historic, while his tearful one to the doctors who performed heart surgery on his newborn son turned a remarkable, emotional moment into an unexpected political meme. Because his son’s heart ailment was a pre-existing condition, he argued against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, earning him some blowback from a handful of conservative commentators. (He later joked, “I’d like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care.”)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has struggled to find a “Goldilocks” host for decades — someone not too brittle, not too political, not too mean and not too nice. Crystal’s four-year run in the late ’80s looked like an unassailable record — until Tuesday morning. While Kimmel’s consecutive hosting assignment is unusual — at least in recent decades — there have been many hosts who have appeared twice. Bob Hope hosted a total of 19 ceremonies, Billy Crystal nine, and Johnny Carson five. Among women, Whoopi Goldberg holds the record, at four.
The 90th Oscars will be held March 4, again at the Dolby in Los Angeles.