The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have chosen late night host Jimmy Kimmel to present the 89th Oscars telecast. The Academy Awards will air live on the ABC Television Network, and broadcast worldwide, on Oscar Sunday, February 26, 2017.
This will be Kimmel’s first time hosting the Oscars, though he has hosted the Emmy Awards on ABC in both 2012 and 2016. His talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” is now in its 14th season and airs weekdays at 11:35pm/10:35c. Kimmel began his career as a radio comedian, and then became a household name as co-host of the Comedy Central programs Comedy Central’s “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and “The Man Show.” He has also played himself in several movies, as well as providing voices in animated films like Garfield, The Smurfs 2 and the upcoming The Boss Baby.
It’s perhaps notable that Kimmel’s late-night rival Jimmy Fallon is hosting this year’s Golden Globes in January. It’s hard to tell which Jimmy will turn out to be a less interesting choice.
Three-time Oscar-nominated producer Michael De Luca and Emmy-nominated producer Jennifer Todd will produce the 89th Oscars telecast.
The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.