Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel is returning to host the Oscars for the fourth time, according to an announcement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and broadcaster ABC. Kimmel previously hosted the prestigious awards show in 2017, 2018, and 2023.
The 96th Oscars ceremony is scheduled to take place on March 10 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Kimmel’s return comes after a well-received hosting performance in the 2023 edition, which contributed to increased television ratings for the Oscars for the second consecutive year.
Kimmel, known for his perfect blend of humanity and humor, was hailed as “one of the all-time great Oscars hosts” by executive producers Raj Kapoor and Katy Mullan. The late-night TV host joked, “I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times.”
The 2023 Oscars ceremony, hosted by Kimmel, featured memorable moments, including an opening with Kimmel being lowered onto the stage as two US Navy jets flew over the theater. The show saw increased viewership, with 18.7 million tuning in to watch “Everything Everywhere All at Once” dominate the proceedings.