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Academy Awards will start 30 minutes earlier in 2018

Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Academy

Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Academy Awards. Credit: Invision/AP / Chris Pizzello

The upcoming 90th Academy Awards ceremony will begin a half-hour earlier than usual, ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences jointly announced Monday.

The ceremony now will be at 8 p.m. local time when it airs live Sunday, March 4, from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Additionally, the 90-minute Oscars preshow will begin at 6:30 p.m.

A one-minute promotional video released with the announcement displays quick shots from movies perhaps more popular than they are potential major-award winners, such as “Daddy’s Home 2,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “The Fate of the Furious” and “Transformers: The Last Knight,” as well as five superhero movies. Other snippets include “American Made,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “It,” “Last Flag Flying,” “Molly’s Game,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Baby Driver,” in which Jamie Foxx tells some criminal confederates, “That’s Oscar stuff right there!”

Poking fun at itself, the Academy also featured shots of the most recent awards ceremony, including the infamous flub in which presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty erroneously announced “La La Land” as Best Picture, quickly rectified to “Moonlight.” Throughout, energetic singer-composer Daisy Dash delivers the jingle “We Do It Better “ with lyrics including: “We do it better / We do it better / . . . We got platinum, we got gold / Our name in the envelope / Boom boom with a cherry on the top / . . . Whatever they do, we do it better / . . . . ”

As announced in May, Jimmy Kimmel will return as host for a second consecutive year.

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