Jimmy Kimmel will host 2017 Oscars



Is Jimmy Kimmel the new Neil Patrick Harris? 

After a second stint hosting the Emmys in September, Kimmel will barely have time to dust off his host hat before he hosts the 2017 Academy Awards (which, like Jimmy Kimmel Live!, air on ABC). 

According to The Hollywood Reporter and others, Kimmel will host the Oscar ceremony, which takes place on Feb. 26, 2017. A rep for Kimmel did not immediately respond to Mashable‘s request for comment. 

Kimmel hosted the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, also on ABC, earlier this year as well as in 2012. 

This will be his first time as master of ceremonies at the Oscars, which were hosted by Harris in 2015 and Chris Rock in 2016. Read more…

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‘Rogue One,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ make the Oscar VFX contenders short-list



Rogue One is in the running to win at least one Oscar, as the Star Wars spinoff is among 20 contenders to advance for a visual effects award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday.

The prize has roots dating back to the first ceremony in 1928 (Wings won it, along with Best Picture and virtually everything else)  and is typically pretty sci-fi and blockbuster-heavy. Because let’s face it, this is just as much a “most effects” award as it is “best” — and this year has its fair share of that.

But sci-fi (Rogue One, Arrival) and super heroes (Doctor Strange, X:Men Apocalypse, Deadpool and Captain America: Civil War, the 8th, 9th and 10th noms for Marvel since Iron Man) will have stiff competition this year, even just to get nominated. Read more…

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