Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Jimmy Kimmel to Host Oscars as Awards Shows Are Now Dictated to by Networks for Their Stars


Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars, and he’ll be great. It was inevitable he’d host and he probably should have done it sooner.

But we are now in the generation of the networks using all the awards shows to promote their stars, particularly the talk show hosts. NBC’s Jimmy Fallon is hosting the Golden Globes, on NBC. CBS’s James Corden will host the Grammys, on CBS. Last year Corden hosted the Tony Awards on CBS, and he will likely again. Stephen Colbert, also on CBS, is hosting the Kennedy Center Honors on CBS. You get the picture.

It’s amazing when you think about it that Johnny Carson, who was an NBC star, used to host the Oscars. Or that David Letterman did it. But the biz has changed. Knowing ABC we’re not far from Michael Strahan as Oscars host. You say impossible? Donald Trump is…you know…

With Kimmel, expect lots of Matt Damon and the Afflecks. And that should work out nicely since Matt Damon is the nominal producer of “Manchester by the Sea” starring Casey Affleck.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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