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Despite this year’s Best Picture debacle, both Jimmy Kimmel and the 89th Oscars producing team are getting another chance.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) May 16, 2017
The Academy announced on Twitter Tuesday that Kimmel, Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will return to the 90th Academy Awards, set for March 4, 2018.
“Jimmy, Mike and Jennifer are truly an Oscar Dream Team,” outgoing Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in the announcement. “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.”
That finale — in which “La La Land” was mistakenly read as the “Best Picture” winner instead of “Moonlight” — will forever overshadow the rest of the 89th awards. And we can’t say for sure, but it’s worth noting that it may have had an impact on the timing of this new announcement — it’s reportedly about six months earlier than usual.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 16, 2017
Kimmel took to Twitter, writing: “Thanks to the Academy for asking me to host The #Oscars again (assuming I opened the right envelope).”
Then, in a more serious acknowledgement:
“Hosting the Oscars was a highlight of my career and I am grateful to Cheryl, 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. “If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!”
In case you’d forgotten, here’s a refresher on the most cringeworthy moment in Oscars’ history.