Jimmy Kimmel has been chosen for a 3rd time to host the 2023 Oscars. As he has previously hosted back in 2017 and 2018, the late-night host released a statement saying, "Being invited to host the Oscars for a third time is either a great honor or a trap," along with saying that "Either way I am grateful to the Academy for asking me so quickly after everyone good said no." Multiple starts congratulated the host shortly after the announcement was released with former host Regina Hall also jumping in, and making a joke about last year's award ceremony. Hall mentioned during an interview with ET that "We'll make sure Jimmy's got something on so he doesn't get injured onstage and nobody comes up out the audience." Referring to the 2022 Oscars when Will Smith got up from the audience and slapped Chris Rock in the face for poking fun at Smith's wife Jada Picket Smith.
Smith will not be allowed to return to any Academy events or programs for 10 years since the day of the slap, but many more celebs will be in attendance. The ceremony is set to be held in Los Angeles and will be broadcasted on ABC. The nominations have not been announced yet, but there are numerous top contenders that come to mind. Films like Elvis, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Whale, Top Gun, and more all come to mind when I think of this years movies.
Variety has released a full list of their 2023 Oscar predictions from Best Actor to Best Animated Feature. Check out the full list from Variety here. And make sure to tune in as Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 95th annual Oscars on March 12th, 2023.