Jimmy Kimmel Talks Barbie, Oscars, and Movie Magic

**Summary:** Jimmy Kimmel discusses his return as Oscars host, inspired by the movie "Barbie," and shares insights on his preparation and behind-the-scenes moments with celebrities.


Summary: Jimmy Kimmel discusses his return as Oscars host, inspired by the movie "Barbie," and shares insights on his preparation and behind-the-scenes moments with celebrities.

HOLLYWOOD, California -- Jimmy Kimmel is gearing up to host the Oscars for the fourth time, and in an exclusive interview with WABC-TV entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon, he reveals what sparked his decision to take on the prestigious role once again. Kimmel, 56, shared that his family trip to see the movie "Barbie" in Idaho Falls played a pivotal role in his choice to return as host of the Oscars this year.

The movie "Barbie" received a whopping 8 nominations, including a nod for Best Picture. One of the highlights of the evening is expected to be star Ryan Gosling's performance of his surprise hit song from the film, "I'm Just Ken."

Kimmel's Oscars preparation involves immersing himself in the world of cinema, watching around 100 movies each year to ensure he is well-versed in the nominated films. His wife, Molly McNearney, who serves as one of the executive producers of the show, plays a crucial role in shaping his performance by offering valuable insights and wit.

As the anticipation builds for the 96th Academy Awards, which will feature the highly acclaimed biopic "Oppenheimer" with a leading 13 nominations, Kimmel reminisces about his past experiences hosting the prestigious event. He reflects on the legacy of icons like Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, and Bob Hope who have graced the Oscars stage, acknowledging the significance of being a part of this esteemed tradition.

Despite the glitz and glamour associated with the Oscars, Kimmel reveals that the preparation process often involves mundane tasks like typing away for hours. However, he cherishes the opportunity to be a part of a historic event that transcends the fleeting nature of nightly television.

As Oscar Sunday approaches on March 10, viewers can catch all the red carpet action and live coverage of the event on ABC. The festivities kick off with "Countdown to Oscars: On The Red Carpet Live" at 1 p.m. ET, followed by "On The Red Carpet at the Oscars" at 4 p.m. ET, hosted by George Pennacchio alongside Roshumba Williams, Leslie Lopez, and Rachel Brown.

Don't miss the 96th Oscars, hosted by the charismatic Jimmy Kimmel, starting at 7 p.m. ET, an hour earlier than previous years. The evening concludes with a brand-new episode of "Abbott Elementary," ensuring a star-studded and unforgettable Oscars night for all.

Join us in celebrating the magic of cinema and the glitz of Hollywood at the 2024 Oscars, a night filled with glamour, excitement, and unforgettable moments.

The Reader's Guide
Hamza Ilyas

Hey, I'm Hamza Ilyas, Dubai's very own sports and entertainment guru. Started off at The Aquila School and kicked it at Ajman Academy too. Now, I'm all about bringing you the hottest takes and coolest news from the world of sports and entertainment. Buckle up, it's gonna be one heck of a ride. Connect With Me