A lot of things went right at the 90th Oscars® last night – from the faux forties newsreel style opening to Jimmy Kimmel’s solid opening; from hitting the important themes (Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek; Frances McDormand’s incredible acceptance speech/demand of Hollywood’s studios, directors and producers); from the comic bits (the jet ski thing with Helen Mirren as the game show prize model? Inspired!) to the actual awards (The Shape of Water for the win!) to Warren Beatty’s ‘Good evening. It’s wonderful to see you all again,’ there was so much Good Stuff that it (mostly) didn’t feel like the show ran 40 minutes long.
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The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on The ABC Television Network at 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST – hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
Talk show host Jimmel Kimmel and actor/writer Justin Theroux have sold a unique comedy special to ABC. The “Untitled Kimmel and Theroux Project” will bring viewers classic sitcom scripts from the 70s, 80s and 90s, to be acted out live by today’s biggest names in comedy.
Channing Dungey, ABC’s President of Entertainment, made the announcement at todays Upfront.
The 89th Academy Awards® show was a rousing success – unexpected, fun opening with Justin Timberlake performing his Oscar®-nominated son, Can’t Stop the Feeling, as he danced into the Dolby Theater; on target but carefully modulated (and funny) opening monologue by host Jimmy Kimmel (and I’m not just saying that – he made me laugh and I am definitely not a fan); some surprisingly effective banter between presenters, and unexpected winners (take a bow, Suicide Squad!).
The show was well-paced – even if it did run over a half-hour long – with some nifty surprises (Kimmel’s riff on providing food for the audience; bringing an unsuspecting busload of tourists into the theater and the resulting genial chaos) and even a mention of Bill Paxton, whose death yesterday made it impossible to include him in the In Memoriam montage (accompanied by Sarah Bareilles’ stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s Both sides Now).
89th Oscars® producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd have announced eight key members of this year’s production team: supervising producer Rob Paine (20-year Oscars® veteran); Production Designer Derek McLane (5th consecutive year on the Oscars® team); returning writer Billy Kimball (second year on the team); returning writer and 8-time Emmy Nominee John Macks; orchestrator, composer, conductor, record producer and arranger Harold Wheeler; returning talent producer Taryn Hurd; lighting designer Robert Dickinson (28th Oscars®, multiple Emmy winner), and Raj Kapoor, designing screen content and performances.
Jimmy Kimmel will the host the 89th Academy Awards®, which air live on Sunday, February 26th on ABC.