In an interview with People on Thursday (March 2), the host of the show, Jimmy Kimmel, opened up about how he’s getting ready for his third time as the host on March 12. Kimmel had previously hosted the Oscars, but things did not go according to plan, as the wrong movie was announced as the winner for Best Picture.
Chris Rock, who presented at the Oscars in 2022, had even worse luck when he became the target of Will Smith’s anger after a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s appearance. Kimmel expressed shock at the incident and explained how it has changed both the Academy Awards and the actors’ legacies.
Kimmel also spoke about his preparations for the upcoming ceremony, stating that he likes to be 75 percent prepared but also leave some room for improvisation and reacting to the show as it happens. Fortunately, the Academy has created a crisis team following the previous year’s incident, so Kimmel can expect fewer surprises.
The CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bill Kramer, praised Kimmel’s experience in handling live TV and expressed confidence that he could pivot and manage any unexpected moments that may arise during the ceremony.
In conclusion, everyone is hoping that this year’s Oscar Awards will go smoothly without any unwanted surprises.