We had been waiting patiently to hear who will be hosting the 2017 Oscars. Just as recently as last month, the people in charge of the show claimed everyone was still on the table.
Well, the table only contains one name now. It was announced on Monday that Jimmy Kimmel has landed the hosting gig. He will be your source of entertainment during the 2017 Academy Awards.
The ABC late-night host sent out this tweet earlier today:
This announcement isn’t that surprising. Many people believed Kimmel would get the job after he rocked the 2016 Emmy Awards. Disney/ABC Television Group chief Ben Sherwood told reporters back in September that he believed Kimmel did a wonderful job hosting the Emmy Awards.
“We thought Jimmy elevated the Emmys. We thought Jimmy has earned it, and we’re very hopeful that Jimmy will get [the Oscar hosting gig].”
It will be his first time hosting the Oscars, but he’s clearly had a lot of practice. He’s hosted several major awards shows in the past, including the Emmys twice and the American Music Awards five times.
Now that we know who the host will be, we can focus on the nominations. The list of nominees will be announced in a little over a month.
And then one month after that, the 89th Academy Awards will air on ABC February 26, 2017.