Oscars 2017 host Jimmy Kimmel in the spotlight: How will his first-ever Academy Awards stint turn out?
He has been hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live! for the last 14 years, has hosted the Emmy Awards in 2016 and also the American Music Awards. Now Jimmey Kimmel will be the host for the Oscars for the first time.
So what can we expect from the first time host at the 89th Academy Awards, being held at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre on Sunday, 26 February 2017 (Monday, 27 February for us here in India)?
Chris Rock, the host for Oscars 2016 was one of the first to make a very political statement by calling out the Academy on the lack of diversity. And looking at the tense political climate that prevailed at the Golden Globes (like Meryl Streep's speech which made President Donald Trump call her an 'over-rated actress') and James Corden talking about Trump in his opening monologue at the Grammys, can we expect Kimmel to make a strong political statement?
Probably not. While Kimmel has stated that Trump will be a part of his opening monologue, it is unlikely that he will take a strong stand against the President. He has in his talk show not been as vocal as say John Oliver and Stephen Colbert who have expressed their intense dislike towards Trump, but he did take a sharp jab at POTUS in his opening monologue at the Emmys.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said his opening monologue will largely depend on current events, and Trump may or may not be a part of it. He said, "My guess is that there will probably be some new crazy thing we're all talking about, so it really depends largely on what's going on that week. And I would definitely make those decisions the day of or day before as to how much material I do and what my spin on it is."
Other than a political angle, what can we expect from Jimmy Kimmel?
A continuation of his long-standing faux feud with Matt Damon. He pretty much indicated this when asked about keeping Matt Damon (whose production Manchester By the Sea has been nominated) off the stage. Just take a look at his Instagram photo:
Other than that, we can expect some pretty cool things to happen on Oscars night. For the Emmys, Kimmel had the cast of Stranger Things distribute peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the crowd:
So will Kimmel follow in last year's host Chris Rock's footsteps when it comes to making a strong political statement, and will he match up to Ellen DeGeneres' standard of hosting coolness (remember that internet-breaking selfie?)
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