Jimmy Kimmel chosen to host Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Pictures has announced late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 89th annual Oscars telecast in February.

As reported by Variety, it will be Kimmel’s first time hosting the ceremony, though he has twice hosted the Emmy awards and once hosted the ESPYs.
If all goes well, it could become a regular gig for the comedian; ABC, the home network of his talk show, recently signed a deal with the Academy to broadcast the awards until 2028.
The Oscars have been needing a boost in recent years. Last year’s controversial telecast marked an 11-year low in ratings, and was plagued with backlash over its second straight year of all-white nominees in the acting categories.

Although Kimmel remains a popular late-night personality, it remains to be seen if he can give the Oscars the push it needs to reignite interest of prime time viewers. Most of this year’s rumored nominee frontrunners— including Manchester By The Sea, Moonlight and LaLa Land have not generated much box office buzz among the general public.

The Academy Awards will air on February 26.