Hosting the prestigious Academy Awards is one of the highest pressuring gigs a celebrity can do. Not only is the whole word watching including a roomful of some of the most powerful names in the industry, but you're coming off the back of some of the funniest, most talented peeps in the business. This year's award season has already had a stellar line-up of hosts, like Jimmy Fallon at the Globes and James Corden at the Grammys, but come Feb 26 It's Kimmel's turn to shine, as he makes his very first Academy debut.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jimmy has given us some light on what to expect from the 2107 Academy Awards:
The tone could be similar to his hosting of the Emmys:
"I guess maybe take a little of the air out of it. I think that tonally, it will probably be similar. Then I think of ideas that don't necessarily improve the show but they sound funny. At the Emmys I thought it was a pretty good idea to have "must be present to win." You know? There's nothing more disappointing than somebody wins and some stranger walks up and says, "Oh, by the way, they're not here." We gave them this award and they don't really care. So I do kind of look at the traditions and see if I can put a spin on them."
There will definitely be food:
"I will absolutely figure out some way, whether it be on camera or off, to make sure the audience has food."
The opening will be pre-taped and musical:
"I don't necessarily want to say what I'm going to do but there will definitely be something pre-taped in there somewhere. Well, I am known for my singing and my dancing. Right? So, yeah, I'll be singing, I'll be dancing, tapping..."
The Matt Damon fued continues:
I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that he doesn't win or doesn't know that he won. My goal is to keep him offstage.
He's thoughts on politics:
"Most of them [the celebrities] are pretty liberal. If I was nominated and I was going to stand on that stage, I think I'd be intimidated by how good Meryl Streep's [Golden Globes] speech was, so I'd probably keep my mouth shut when it comes down to it."
The 2017 Academy Awards airs Feb 26, 2017.