Jimmy Kimmel Returns to Host 96th Oscars, Joining Elite Hosting Ranks
Having previously led the ceremonies in 2017, 2018 and 2023, Kimmel's return follows his notable hosting stints, including the 2017 ceremony marked by the infamous "La La Land" and "Moonlight" best picture mix-up.
His fourth hosting endeavor places him in the company of other four-time hosts like Whoopi Goldberg and Jack Lemmon. Only Johnny Carson (5), Billy Crystal (9), and Bob Hope (11) have hosted more times.
The 2023 Oscars witnessed a surge in viewership attracting an average audience of 18.8 million viewers, a 13% increase from previous figures.
Notably surpassing the 2023 Grammys and Emmys, the ceremony garnered a 4.0 rating in the adults 18-49 key demo, reaching three-year highs in both total viewers and demo, marking a 5% rise since 2020.
This year's lineup of films contending for awards includes crowd-pleasers such as Warner Bros' "Barbie" and Universal Pictures' "Oppenheimer."
Expected to be strong contenders in the best picture race, they join acclaimed movies like "American Fiction," "Killers of the Flower Moon," "Maestro," and "Poor Things."