Lights – Camera – Action – 2017 Oscar Awards sets to sizzle!
One of the worst maintained yet longest running secrets is that Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2017 Oscars. Now it’s official, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected the ABC funny man to host the show.
This news now confirms that for the first time ever all the four big award shows are hosted by the corresponding network’s late-night charismatic hosts. Jimmy hosted the Emmys on ABC this year, Jimmy Fallon hosted the Golden Globes on NBC, James Corden hosted the Tonys and will host the Grammys, and now the Oscars fall into Jimmy’s lap.
An official source stated that, ABC and the Academy Awards did not make an official announcement of the selected host, leaving Kimmel to do his own work on Twitter.
Kimmel has been an obvious choice, for several reasons: he hosted the Emmy Awards this year and did an excellent job. ABC, which has a say in the proceedings since they renewed their contract to broadcast the Oscars up until 2028, wanted its iconic late-night host to become an Oscar fixture even though he does not have the many glamourous movie stars support.
The Academy had a very late beginning of its search of a charismatic host – but it was impossible to find a suitable suitor with such short notice. Sources had reported that some of the early favorites were Ellen DeGeneres and Tina Fey, but the comedic Jimmy won the bet, with less than a dozen weeks to go before the Oscar.
Big star talent is usually booked throughout the year, and planning for the global limelight such as the Oscar is a very consuming task.
The 2017 Oscars are set for February 26 on ABC. Last year’s ceremony was hosted by the renowned comedian, Chris Rock.