Category: Presenters

90th Oscars: Jimmy Kimmel Returns

Thanks to the generally great reviews host Jimmy Kimmel received last year for hosting the Oscars, he has been invited to return in May for next March’s Oscars. I can’t say for sure without a LOT of research, but after waiting until terribly late last year to pick one and the historical precedent of picking and announcing a host later in the year (typically after the new board of governors is elected), this could be the earliest that the Academy has announced a host for the next year’s awards. Below is the official press release.

THE 90th OSCARS® REUNITES HOST JIMMY KIMMEL AND PRODUCERS MICHAEL DE LUCA AND JENNIFER TODD FOR HOLLYWOOD’S MOST CELEBRATED EVENT OF THE YEAR

LOS ANGELES, CA – For a second consecutive year, late-night talk show favorite Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars® telecast and Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will produce, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 90th Academy Awards® will air live on the ABC Television Network and broadcast outlets worldwide on Oscar® Sunday, March 4, 2018.

“Jimmy, Mike and Jennifer are truly an Oscar Dream Team,” said Boone Isaacs. “Mike and Jennifer produced a beautiful show that was visually stunning. And Jimmy proved, from his opening monologue all the way through a finale we could never have imagined, that he is one our finest hosts in Oscar history.”

“Hosting the Oscars was a highlight of my career and I am grateful to Cheryl, Dawn and the Academy for asking me to return to work with two of my favorite people, Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd,” said Kimmel. “If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!”

“It’s not often you get two chances to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience and even more rare to be handed the keys to a party 90 years in the making,” said De Luca and Todd. “We always thought the idea that anything can happen on the Oscars was a cliché until we lived it.”

“Our Oscars team this year delivered a show that hit every high note,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “Jimmy brought back the essence and light touch of the greatest hosts of Oscars’ past. Mike and Jennifer’s love of movies is infectious and touched every aspect of the show. This is the perfect team to lead us into the ninth decade.”

“After just one year, we can’t imagine anyone else hosting The Oscars. Jimmy’s skillful command of the stage is invaluable on a night when anything can happen – and does,” said Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment. “With Mike and Jennifer at the helm, we’re ready for another unforgettable show that will dazzle, delight and, most importantly, honor 90 years of Hollywood’s most prestigious award.”

Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of the Emmy®-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” ABC’s late-night talk show. Now in its 15th season, “JKL” has earned six Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Variety Series Talk category, the Writing for a Variety Series category, and the Variety, Music or Comedy Series category.

De Luca earned Best Picture Oscar nominations for producing “Captai” Phillips,” “Moneyball” and “The Social Network.” He is credited on more than 60 films, including the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, “Blow,” “Magnolia,” “American History X” and “Boogie Nights.” He is a former president of production at Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks and New Line Cinema.

Todd is currently president of Pearl Street Films, the production company founded by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, where she produced “Live by Night” and executive produced last year’s “Jason Bourne.” Her other credits include such films as “Alice through the Looking Glass,” “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Across the Universe,” “Prime,” “Memento,” “Boiler Room” and the “Austin Powers” films. Todd earned an Emmy nomination for her work on the HBO television movie “If These Walls Could Talk 2.”

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, 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.

89th Oscars: Ceremony Presenters, Part 4

The final batch of presenters were announced Friday after I left town, so here they are…Oscar winners Warren Beatty, Matt Damon, Faye Dunaway, Octavia Spencer, and Meryl Streep; Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, and Dev Patel; and non-nominees Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Sofia Boutella, Michael J. Fox, Seth Rogen, and Vince Vaughn.

JENNIFER ANISTON, JASON BATEMAN, WARREN BEATTY, SOFIA BOUTELLA, MATT DAMON, FAYE DUNAWAY, MICHAEL J. FOX, RYAN GOSLING, SALMA HAYEK, TARAJI P. HENSON, DEV PATEL, SETH ROGEN, OCTAVIA SPENCER, MERYL STREEP AND VINCE VAUGHN ANNOUNCED AS FINAL SLATE OF 89TH OSCARS® PRESENTERS

LOS ANGELES, CA – Oscar® producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced the final slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network. The presenters, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Warren Beatty, Sofia Boutella, Matt Damon, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Dev Patel, Seth Rogen, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep and Vince Vaughn.

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89th Oscars: Ceremony Presenters, Part 3

The Academy has submitted more names for their awards presentation. Below are the press releases for two different announcements. The first below are regular presenters. The second set is for performers. Oscar winners Javier Bardem and Charlize Theron; and Oscar nominees Amy Adams, Felicity Jones, and Emma Stone are joined by Riz Ahmed, John Cho, Dwayne Johnson, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monae, and David Oyelowo.

As for the performers, Auli’i Cravalho and Lin-Manuel Miranda will sing “How Far I’ll Go,” Sting will perform “The Empty Chair,” Justin Timberlake will belt out “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” and John Legend will perform both songs from La La Land: “Audition” and “City of Stars.”

AMY ADAMS, RIZ AHMED, JAVIER BARDEM, JOHN CHO, DWAYNE JOHNSON, FELICITY JONES, LESLIE MANN, JANELLE MONÁE, DAVID OYELOWO, EMMA STONE AND CHARLIZE THERON

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89th Oscars: Ceremony Presenters, Part 2

The Academy has released its second (and technically third) batch of presenters this week. Among the main batch are Oscar winners Halle Berry and Shirley MacLaine; Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld; and non-nominees Jamie Dornan, Chris Evans, Gael Garcia Bernal, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, and Kate McKinnon.

The third set I referenced was in the announcement of the Sci-Tech Awards banquet hosts John Cho and Leslie Mann.

Both sets of press releases are below.

HALLE BERRY, JAMIE DORNAN, CHRIS EVANS, GAEL GARCÍA BERNAL, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, DAKOTA JOHNSON, KATE MCKINNON, SHIRLEY MACLAINE, HAILEE STEINFELD WILL BE PRESENTERS ON OSCARS® STAGE

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89th Oscars: Presenters Announced, Part 1

Over the next few weeks before the Oscars at the end of February, the Academy will unveil individual presenters for the ceremony. Tradition dictates that the prior year’s acting honorees show up the following year to present the opposite gender’s category. This year will be no exception as the Academy has announced that all four of last year’s winners, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance, and Alicia Vikander have agreed to present this year’s Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actor categories. See the press release below.

OSCAR® WINNERS LEONARDO DICAPRIO, BRIE LARSON, MARK RYLANCE AND ALICIA VIKANDER RETURN TO THE OSCARS® STAGE

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89th Oscars: Jimmy Kimmel to Host Academy Awards

Through decidedly different channels, it was announced today that Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC’s late night program will host this year’s Oscars, his first time doing so. The announcement is/was being made on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Here’s the Academy’s press release on the announcement.

JIMMY KIMMEL TALKS OSCARS® HOST GIG ON “JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!”

To Host Live Global Event on Oscar® Sunday, February 26 on ABC

LOS ANGELES, CA –Late-night talk show host, producer and comedian Jimmy Kimmel confirmed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that he will host the 89th Oscars® to be broadcast live on Oscar® Sunday, February 26, 2017, on the ABC Television Network. This is Kimmel’s first time hosting the global telecast.

“Mike and Jennifer have an excellent plan and their enthusiasm is infectious,” said Kimmel. “I am honored to have been chosen to host the 89th and final Oscars.”

“Jimmy’s ability to connect with people is what makes him a singular choice for this job,” said producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. “His frank observations, relatable persona, wry humor and love of all kinds of film make him a natural fit for the Oscars stage.”

“Jimmy has the qualities of all the great hosts,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “He knows who he is, he knows the audience and he knows how to captain a ship with many moving parts. We’re thrilled he has agreed to host our show.”

“The Oscars are in great hands with Jimmy,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “He is razor sharp, funny, and unpredictable, and has proven himself a master of live event television, which is perfect for our audience around the world.”

Channing Dungey, President ABC Entertainment said, “Jimmy is the perfect choice for us. He is deeply rooted in the Hollywood community and gifted at connecting with an audience as the consummate emcee. We expect the evening will be filled with great fun while honoring the best in the movie business.”

Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of the Emmy®-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” ABC’s longest running late-night talk show. Now in its 14th season, “JKL” has earned six Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Variety Series Talk category, the Writing for a Variety Series category, and the Variety, Music or Comedy Series category.

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 by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

88th Oscars: Presenters, Part 4

The fourth set of Oscar presenters have been announced. Since there are so few in this announcement, I suspect this might be the last, but never count out late surprises.

We still do not have a performer to sing “Manta Ray” or any concrete plans for the presentation of “Simple Song #3,” so I really have no idea what’s going on there. I also really hope they don’t give J.J. Abrams the “honor” of presenting Best Picture or Best Director. They should actually have someone important and not a Spielberg wannabe doing it.

There’s also another press release today for the hosts of The Oscars Backstage, which is the platform that I wonder how many people actually watch? And with those “personalities” doing the coverage, will it really be that interesting? Who knows.

OSCAR® WINNERS MORGAN FREEMAN AND JOHN LEGEND ADDED AS PRESENTERS ALONG WITH J.J. ABRAMS, SACHA BARON COHEN AND HENRY CAVILL

DAVE GROHL WILL GIVE A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

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88th Oscars: Presenters, Part 3

I’m a bit late in posting this, but here goes. The third announcement of presenters for this year’s Oscars. The press release is below.

We’re still missing performers for two of the nominated songs, “Simple Song #3,” which might not get a well-known name attached (at least outside of operatic circles) and “Manta Ray,” which most certainly should have its nominated singer/songwriter perform…even though that hasn’t been announced yet.

The last of the prior year’s acting winners are included below, so other than the song performances, everything appears to be lining up as expected.

STARS TO LIGHT UP OSCAR NIGHT®

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88th Oscars: Presenters, Part 2

Today’s newest set of presenter announcements bring the total to 24. I’ll also add the two other “presenters” announced this weekend, namely the hosts of this year’s sci-tech awards: Olivia Munn and Jason Segel (who are included in both press releases below.

We’re still missing performers for two of the nominated songs, “Simple Song #3,” which might not get a well-known name attached (at least outside of operatic circles) and “Manta Ray,” which most certainly should have its nominated singer/songwriter perform…even though that hasn’t been announced yet.

The only other tradition that is so far incomplete is the prior year’s acting winners returning to present. We have two of the four slated below, Julianne Moore and J.K. Simmons. I’m assuming that both Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette will be in a future press release.

THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES SECOND SLATE OF PRESENTERS FOR 88TH OSCARS®

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88th Oscars: Presenters, Part 1

In prior years, the Academy announced performers and presenters individually. They seem to want to do them only in batches, so here is the first press release on the subject.

They don’t specify who’s doing what, but it’s certain that The Weeknd, Sam Smith and Lady Gaga will each be performing their nominated songs. I’m not sure if Pharrell Williams is performing or presenting because he’s not involved with “Simple Song #3” or “Manta Ray.” We’ll have to wait to see. The tradition of acting winners returning to present would mean we should expect Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette to be announced at some point in the future.

THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES FIRST SLATE OF PRESENTERS AND PERFORMERS FOR 88TH OSCARS

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88th Oscars: Chris Rock to Return as Host

Eleven years ago, Chris Rock hosted the Academy Awards to fanfare. I wasn’t a fan, but a lot of people were. Yet, he wasn’t brought back. Now, they’ve returned to him for their new show. We’ll see if he can impress me this time out or not.

CHRIS ROCK RETURNS TO HOST THE OSCARS®

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87th Oscars: Presenters & Performances Update, Part 2

With the site maintenance issues we’ve experienced over the last couple of weeks, I’ve missed out on posting a number of important Oscar ceremony announcements, namely the announcement of several performers and presenters. Here is the summary followed by the official Academy press releases.

Performers:

Adam Levine performing “Lost Stars” from Begin Again
Common and John Legend peforming “Glory” from Selma
Rita Ora performing “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
Tim McGraw performing “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Tegan and Sara, and The Lonely Island performing “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie

Presenters:

Josh Hutcherson
Scarlett Johansson
Zoe Saldana
Octavia Spencer
Jennifer Aniston
Sienna Miller
David Oyelowo
Chris Pratt
John Travolta
Kerry Washington
Ben Affleck
Jessica Chastain
Viola Davis
Kevin Hart
Shirley MacLaine
Chris Pine
Miles Teller
Naomi Watts
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chris Evans
Dakota Johnson
Jennifer Lopez
Chloe Grace Moretz
Eddie Murphy
Margot Robbie
Jason Bateman
Idris Elba
Ansel Elgort
Nicole Kidman
Liam Neeson
Gwyneth Paltrow
Channing Tatum

Other Performances

Anna Kendrick
Jennifer Hudson
Lady Gaga

PRESS RELEASES

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87th Oscars: Presenters & Performances Update

With the site maintenance issues we’ve experienced over the last couple of weeks, I’ve missed out on posting a number of important Oscar ceremony announcements, namely the announcement of several performers and presenters. Here is the summary followed by the official Academy press releases.

Performers:

Adam Levine performing “Lost Stars” from Begin Again
Common and John Legend peforming “Glory” from Selma
Rita Ora performing “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights
Tim McGraw performing “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Tegan and Sara, and The Lonely Island performing “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie

Presenters:

Cate Blanchett to present Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey to present Best Actress
Lupita Nyong’o to present Best Supporting Actor
Jared Leto to present Best Supporting Actress
Marion Cotillard
Benedict Cumberbatch
Meryl Streep
Oprah Winfrey
Reese Witherspoon

Sci-Tech Presentation

Margot Robbie
Miles Teller

Other Performances

Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez writing original song for host Neil Patrick Harris
Jack Black

PRESS RELEASES

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Final Presenters / Performers Announced

I know these all came out a long time ago and everyone found out about them, but I’ve had a very busy week. Too busy. So, here’s the lumping together of everything that came out since last week. This list includes the final returning actor winner and a dump-all list plus the bizarre announcement that Pink is going to be on the show. Full list after the break.

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86th Oscars: Pre-Show Hosts Announced

The annual Academy-hosted pre-show is back again, with past pre-show hosts Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer and Jess Cagle, being joined by first-time host Tyson Beckford. Below is the press release.

Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Jess Cagle and Tyson Beckford to host Oscars® “Red Carpet Live” Show

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – “Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, and Jess Cagle, Editorial Director People and Entertainment Weekly, return to host the Oscars “Red Carpet Live” show, along with actor, model and television host Tyson Beckford. The Oscars “Red Carpet Live,” will air on Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m. ET on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air immediately following “Red Carpet Live.”

The Oscars “Red Carpet Live” will be produced by Brad Lachman; Michael Seligman will serve as supervising producer and Bill Bracken as coordinating producer. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the Oscars telecast, are the pre-show’s executive producers.

Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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