The 95th annual Academy Awards are fast approaching, and fam, let’s take a knee for a huddle. So, are we ready to actually talk about the Oscars yet? Have we collectively healed from the last one?
We’re going to need to have a stiff upper lip because they are happening whether we like it or not. For a while, it looked like they might go hostless, as they did from 2019 to 2021. But now, a new host has been announced, and a wash of information is coming in fast. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 Oscars, what to expect, and how to watch.
We have a host
On November 7, it was announced via Variety that the Academy had chosen their host for 2023 and it was someone familiar with the Oscars stage. No, not Anne Hathaway and James Franco again (and the world heaves a collective sigh of relief). It’s going to be 2017 and 2018 host Jimmy Kimmel, the sardonic and dry host of the late-night TV talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Oh dear, are Moonlight and La La Land up for awards again this year too? Is our time machine actually working?
“Being invited to host the Oscars for a third time is either a great honor or a trap,” Jimmy told the outlet. Jimmy, not only is it a trap, the call is coming from inside the house.
“Either way,” he continued, “I am grateful to the Academy for asking me so quickly after everyone good said no.”
For a while, it looked like Chris Rock might host
Speaking of everyone good saying no, for a while there, it looked like comedian Chris Rock, who hosted the Oscars in 2005 and 2016, and whose cheek met the end of Will Smith’s hand at the last Oscars (let’s never speak of it again), might host next year.
Deadline reported in May that the Academy was “open” to the idea. But in August, Rock claimed at one of his comedy gigs that he turned down the offer, likening the idea to returning to the scene of a crime.
Will Smith definitely won’t be there
So Chris Rock won’t be there, and as we all know now, neither will the current Best Actor winner, Will Smith. Usually, the previous year’s Best Actor winner presents the Best Actress award the following year. The King Richard star will not be in attendance, after he was banned for ten years from attending an Academy Awards ceremony. Will already resigned from the Academy in any case, so all things being equal, 2023 will hopefully be slap-free.
Fans are not feeling it
Jimmy Kimmel is a talented host, but as the news broke on Monday, fans were not feeling it. Sure, he’s got jokes, but many feel like he’s not even associated with movies, he seems to hate movies, he hasn’t apologized for past sexist remarks, and what, like no women were available to host? You had three last year!
So he can belittle the achievements of the winners and make the event all about himself like he did at the Emmys? pic.twitter.com/s3cihgTKrO— Richard Cubitt (@richardrcubitt) November 7, 2022
Stop recycling hosts pic.twitter.com/gOP9Ks78x3— mark andrews fan club president (@jvIias) November 7, 2022
So many Jimmys in the industry and you settled for Kimmel 🤦🏿 pic.twitter.com/tfZUxxcdIT— Rohan (@___ArtVandelay) November 7, 2022
I know that it is still primetime American broadcast television, but would it be too hard to have a host that actually love films?— MatteoP (@MaP39008118) November 7, 2022
can he not act like he hates the movies nominated? and make fun of the whole thing?— CHANTAL⁷ (@Chantilyespinoz) November 7, 2022
Also, Martin Short, Steve Martin and Selena Gomez are RIGHT THERE.
Missed opportunity to have Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez pic.twitter.com/u233QnQF7c— RQ (@Ruscal2017) November 7, 2022
Ratings are about to go down again. I love the Oscars and will watch for sure, but come on, his shows were just not good. You had Gaga voicing her interest, you had the Only Murders folks - and you go for this? Heck, even Ellen's show was better.— Mika Engelhardt (@MikaEn2305) November 7, 2022
How to watch
The 95th Academy Awards will air on CTV on March 12, 2023. Don’t worry, we gotchu.