KIM­MEL TO HOST ACAD­EMY AWARDS

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD -

BBB new york» The Os­cars fi­nally have a host: Jimmy Kim­mel will em­cee the 89th Acad­emy Awards.

The late-night host will be pre­sid­ing over the cer­e­mony for the first time. Kim­mel has been a reg­u­lar awards host, hav­ing twice pre­vi­ously hosted the Emmy Awards (in­clud­ing its broad­cast in Septem­ber) and once led ESPN’s ESPY Awards.

The se­lec­tion of Kim­mel gives ABC, home of the Os­cars tele­cast, the choice the net­work had long sought. His “Jimmy Kim­mel Live!” has pre­vi­ously fol­lowed ABC’s Os­car broad­cast. The net­work also has new mus­cle to flex; it signed a deal with the Acad­emy of Mo­tion Pic­tures in Au­gust to re­main the Os­car broad­cast home un­til 2028.

“Yes, I am host­ing the Os­cars,” Kim­mel said on Twit­ter. “This is not a prank. And if it is, my re­venge on the acad­emy will be ter­ri­ble and sweet.”

The Feb. 26 show is be­ing pro­duced by Michael De Luca and Jen­nifer Todd, pres­i­dent of Ben Af­fleck and Matt Da­mon’s pro­duc­tion com­pany, Pearl Street Films.

Chuck Bur­ton, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Out­go­ing state At­tor­ney Gen­eral Roy Cooper will be North Carolina’s next gov­er­nor. Re­sults took nearly four weeks af­ter Elec­tion Day.

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