Jimmy Kimmel is about to host the ninety fifth Academy Awards on March 12, 2023. This would be the third time that the well-known comic and late-night discuss present host hosts the Oscars. He beforehand took on the function as host in 2017 and 2018. Jimmy was introduced as host for the 2023 Academy Awards on November 7, 2022, 4 months earlier than the star-studded present is about to air on ABC.
The Academy Awards resumed hiring hosts for the present final 12 months with Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall, after three straight years of no hosts. The 2019 Academy Awards made historical past as going host-free for the primary time since 1989. It wasn’t initially deliberate that approach. Kevin Hart was beforehand enlisted for the gig, however earlier than lengthy, Twitter customers started resurfacing years-old homophobic tweets. Kevin then stepped down from the function amidst the backlash in opposition to him and nobody stepped in to take the gig. The present went on with out a host to shepherd the exhausting three to 4 hour telecast alongside for the subsequent two years, till hosts returned for the 2022 Academy Awards the place Will Smith infamously slapped Chris Rock.
The 2023 Academy Awards will have a good time the most effective in movie that was launched this 12 months, as Jimmy entertains the gang and everybody else watching at residence along with his monologue and anticipated skits. Here’s a listing of stars who took on Oscar internet hosting duties over time to various levels of success.
Jimmy Kimmel: 2017, 2018, & 2023
ABC was happy with the community’s late evening discuss present host’s efficiency in 2017, particularly how he dealt with the debacle of La La Land incorrectly being named Best Picture over the precise winner Moonlight. It earned Jimmy Kimmel a second go as host in again to again ceremonies, returning in 2018. Thanks to his residence base in Hollywood and his tight knit circle of A-list pals, Jimmy was proper at residence in entrance of the starry Oscars viewers. It additionally helped that Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s head author — and Jimmy’s spouse — Molly McNearney took over the telecast’s writing duties to maintain the present’s humor present and hip.
For the 2023 Academy Awards, Jimmy will host whereas his spouse Molly will government produce the present with showrunners Glenn Weiss and Richy Kirshner. “Being invited to host the Oscars for a 3rd time is both an important honor or a entice,” Jimmy mentioned in a statement. “Either approach, I’m grateful to the Academy for asking me so rapidly after everybody good mentioned no.”
Amy Schumer, Regina Hall & Wanda Sykes: 2022
They simply should do higher than final 12 months’s hosts… 😉
Catch @MoreReginaHall, @amyschumer and @iamwandasykes host the #Oscars LIVE Sunday, March 27 on @ABCNetwork! pic.twitter.com/inzA0r0ef5
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 10, 2022
Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall had been the co-hosts of the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, 2022. The trio did a tremendous job at internet hosting the present, however issues went haywire when Will Smith bought on stage and slapped Chris Rock, who made a joke about Will’s spouse Jada Pinkett Smith‘s bald head. Still, Amy, Wanda, and Regina had been praised for his or her efficiency on the 2022 Oscars.
Chris Rock: 2005 and 2016
Chris Rock had the unenviable activity of internet hosting in 2016, the 12 months that there have been zero nominations for actors of colour, on the 88th Academy Awards. As a end result, the Black comic needed to deal with the #OscarsSoWhite elephant within the room. He ripped into the subject in his monologue, jokingly referring to the ceremony because the “White People’s Choice Awards.” He added that in years previous there hadn’t been an uproar over the dearth of variety as a result of “we had actual issues to protest; we’re too busy being raped and lynched to care about who received greatest cinematographer.” He additionally added, “This 12 months, within the In Memoriam bundle, it’s simply going to be black those who had been shot by the cops on their approach to the flicks.”
Neil Patrick Harris: 2015
Neil Patrick Harris was already a veteran of internet hosting a number of Tony Awards telecasts, and introduced his tune and dance expertise to the Oscars. Actress Anna Kendrick joined him onstage for a vigorous musical opening quantity, and he appeared to take pleasure in internet hosting the present. That was, till he learn Twitter afterwards. NPH later appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and mentioned he’d by no means host the present once more after Twitter and discovering “Uniform hatred,” of his internet hosting duties. He went on to inform the Huffington Post, “I don’t know that my household nor my soul may take it. It’s a beast. It was enjoyable to examine off the record, however for the period of time spent and the comprehensible opinionated response, I don’t know that it’s a pleasant steadiness to do yearly and even once more.”
Ellen DeGeneres: 2007 and 2014
Back when daytime discuss present host Ellen DeGeneres was nonetheless often known as the “Queen of Nice,” the upbeat comic was requested again in 2014 after internet hosting the present in 2007. Rather than poke enjoyable on the Oscars or convey any controversial jokes, she blended and mingled along with her A-list entrance row viewers. Ellen infamously gathered Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper, Lupita Nyong’o and extra collectively for an enormous movie star selfie. She later had bins of pizzas introduced wherein she served as much as the identical hungry films stars, with Brad Pitt even serving to go out paper napkins and plates.
Seth McFarlane: 2013
Add Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane to the record of hosts who by no means need the job once more. He did a disastrous and misogynistic tune and dance quantity known as “We Saw Your Boobs,” the place Seth named off actresses and the flicks the place they appeared topless. Seth additionally made a joke about Kim Kardashian’s “darkish facial hair.” He later instructed Entertainment Weekly, “It’s a format that’s about as present because the Fifties selection present format. There’s at all times an effort to make it fascinating and thrilling to viewers who’re used to a really totally different leisure panorama within the trendy period, and it’s typically occasions becoming a sq. peg in a spherical gap. So it’s not a simple job, and I’m not shocked that they’ve a tricky time discovering takers.”
Billy Crystal: 2012 plus eight different occasions as host
After the overall catastrophe that was Anne Hathaway and James Franco’s Oscars co-hosting duties in 2011, the Academy introduced again “protected” stalwart Billy Crystal, after their first alternative Eddie Murphy withdrew from the gig. He reigned because the host of the present seven occasions between 1990 and 2000, and was a well-recognized and beloved presence for the viewers and viewers. But Billy performed it too protected to the purpose of being boring. Washington Post critic Hank Stuever wrote that Billy “gave the impression to be overseeing a cruise ship dinner present designed to enchantment to the over-50 journey membership,” including that, “Early on, it hit the rocks and began to record. Almost everybody drowned.”
Anne Hathaway and James Franco: 2011
Anne Hathaway sadly had a brilliant tough go at it when she co-hosted the present with James Franco in 2011. The two had been ill-matched due to Franco’s utter lack of enthusiasm, which Hathaway then tried to overcompensate for with a ton of power. And the worst half is the Ocean’s 8 star didn’t even wish to host to start with! “Can I dish some tea?” Hathaway instructed People, in an interview revealed Feb. 10, 2019. “I turned that gig down, and James is the one which satisfied me to do it.” She then added that she would have probably been wonderful if Franco admitted it was all a joke. “If he’d rotated and mentioned ‘I’m pranking you proper now.’ I believe I’d have been okay with it. I’d’ve been like, ‘That sucks, nevertheless it’s epic,” she mentioned. “When all of the mud settled, I used to be identical to, you gotta be kidding me. Your first intuition is normally the precise one, and all of the the explanation why I turned it down got here true,”
The 94th Academy Awards air Sunday, March twenty seventh at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on ABC.