Oscars Bring Back Kimmel

Ratings were up for this year's broadcast
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2023 6:45 PM CST
Kimmel to Repeat as Oscars Host
Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars in Los Angeles on March 4, 2018, his second time as host.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

With Jimmy Kimmel as host, the 2023 Academy Awards show drew more viewers than the telecast the year before, and more than twice as many as this year's Grammys and Emmys. So he'll be back for the 2024 broadcast. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences made the announcement Wednesday, CNN reports. Kimmel also hosted in 2017—when the wrong film was announced as the best picture winner—and 2018. "I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times," Kimmel joked in the news release.

He received Emmy nominations for his first three appearances as Oscars host, per Deadline. After the March 10 show, only Bob Hope, with 11 appearances; Billy Crystal, with 9; and Johnny Carson, with five appearances, will have hosted more Academy Awards ceremonies. Kimmel's wife, Molly McNearney, will be one of the show's executive producers for the second consecutive year. The contenders for best picture this time include Barbie, Oppenheimer, American Fiction, Killers of the Flower Moon, Maestro, and Poor Things, per Variety. (More Jimmy Kimmel stories.)

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