In a Los Angeles Confidential exclusive, Jimmy Kimmel predicts his Oscar comeback will be a little devilish... again.
"It can be a thankless job,” says Jimmy Kimmel, who makes his second consecutive stint hosting the Academy Awards March 4 after a nearun appable handling of last year’s landmark Moonlight/La La Land Best Picture fandango. Even if things had gone perfectly, he says, weathering the high-prole role is a mixed blessing: “You have to really, really do well to come out of it and not feel wounded.”
“The envelope thing was interesting,” Kimmel says of the gae televised live to 33 million viewers around the world. “I don’t think it’s going to happen again. If it did, I have to admit, it would tickle me deeply.” He’s back in the ring line because, whether it’s the Oscars, his late-night show or a standup comedy bit, he relishes a degree of danger.
“The reason some award shows are hard to sit through,” he says, “is because everything is planned. And I think you must keep the show interesting—have an element that could go either way.” Like last year’s priceless moment when Kimmel brought in an unsuspecting busload of real tourists and introduced them to front-row A-listers like Nicole Kidman and Denzel Washington. “I mean, that could have been an absolute disaster—and some feel it was—but I loved it!”
Kimmel remains uncertain if dominating cultural topics like the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements will play a major factor in his comedic commentary by the time he takes the stage at the Dolby Theatre. “It’s almost like getting into a hot tub or something: You can’t really know what the temperature is until you get there,” he says. But having survived the Oscars’ biggest “oops moment” ever, he’s sanguine about any outcome. “Ultimately, it’s just a bunch of celebrities handing each other trophies—let’s be honest.”
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