Jimmy Kimmel stars in the first Oscar 2024 teaser clip that was shared on Tuesday morning.
The biggest night in movies is getting near: the 96th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 10, 2024.
The host was seen in a tuxedo as he gets lost in Barbieland where he is asked if he is ‘middle aged Ken.’
He is then shown by Weird Barbie – played by SNL veteran Kate McKinnon – how to get to Oscarland via a fake but colorful car.
Along the way the nominees for Best Picture are shown. When Emma Stone from Poor Things is seen in character, she is called an even ‘Weirder Barbie.’
The jokes don’t stop there and there are several fun cameos.
Also along the way Matt Damon is seen in character from Oppenheimer.
Kimmel – who has for years been fake feuding with Matt – asks who that ‘disgusting’ person is.
The car then serves and hits Damon’s character and fake blood is applied to the image of him.
Once at the Oscars, America Ferrera pops up out of the back of the car and gives her famous it’s hard to be a woman speech, but instead the theme is it’s hard to be an Oscar host.
Kimmel mistakenly thinks it really is harder to be an Oscar host than it is to be a woman, which gets the women in a huff.
Also seen was Ryan Gosling as Ken who is adorably dippy. He says it is a Tik Tok trend to get In-N-Out before the Oscars as he holds onto a bag and drink.
Kimmel says the Oscar winners get the fast food after they won.
Ken then says he has no chance of winning so he doesn’t care, and he knows Barbie director Greta Gerwig will win.
He then has to be told via whisper from America that she was not even nominated.
Everyone lets out a big scream.
The women stop, but the men keep screaming, then Helen Mirren’s voice is heard saying that men never really grown up.
The clip was both funny, star studded and also self referntial with the Gerwig menton.
Fans of the Barbie movie were outraged when star Margot Robbie and director Gerwig were snubbed.
Kimmel is an Oscars pro.
This marks the late-night comedian’s fourth time hosting the ceremony after previously stepping up to the task in 2017, 2018 and 2023.
The TV host, who has also hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012, 2016 and 2020, rose viewership ‘to nearly 19 million’ from 16.6 million the year before, when Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall and Amy Schumer hosted, according to the New York Times.
In 2021, when the show did not have a host, viewership dipped to the lowest of all time, with just 10.4 million viewers.
Prior to 2018, the ‘telecast had never dropped below 32 million.’
Kimmel was tapped to host the 96th Academy Awards, which will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 10, 2024 (pictured in 2023)
This marks the late-night comedian’s fourth time hosting the ceremony after previously stepping up to the task in 2017, 2018 and 2023
Kimmel has been present on stage during some of the show’s most dramatic incidents, including ‘envelope-gate’ in 2017, when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong results card.
As a result, the pair announced the Best Picture award and incorrectly announced La La Land as the winner rather than Moonlight.
Kimmel, then, had to come forward to inform the cast that Moonlight had indeed won, showing the inside of the envelope as proof.
‘I knew I would screw this up,’ Kimmel joked, at the time. ‘I promise to never come back.’
Despite the remark, the star ended up returning to host the following year.
In 2022, after he was selected to host the 2023 ceremony, the father-of-four said ‘being invited to host the Oscars for a third time’ was ‘either a great honor or a trap.’
‘Either way, I am grateful to the academy for asking me so quickly after everyone good said no,’ he mused.
In addition to having to navigate dwindling viewership, the role became less coveted after comedian Chris Rock was slapped onstage by Will Smith during his opening monologue for a joke made at his estranged wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s expense.
Ahead of his most recent Oscars hosting gig, he told The Hollywood Reporter how he would react if anyone attempted to rush the stage to hit him over a joke.
‘Well, I size them up, and, if I’m bigger than they are, I beat the s**t out of them on television. And if it’s the Rock, I run,’ he mused.
He went on to describe the shocking slap as ‘disappointing in a lot of ways’ because it ‘knocked down’ the envelope-gate to the second ‘biggest f**k-up’ ever at the Oscars.
‘If you’re gonna be part of a f**k-up, it might as well be the biggest f**k-up ever. Being part of the second-biggest f**k-up doesn’t carry as much cachet,’ he quipped.
In 2017, Kimmel surprised fans by revealing he was only paid $15,000 for his first time hosting.
‘I think it’s illegal to pay nothing,’ Jimmy said on KROQ’s Kevin & Bean. ‘I’m not sure I was supposed to reveal this. But nobody told me not to. I consider this their fault.’