Jimmy Kimmel to host the 2017 Oscars

The US late night chat show figure will be hosting the ceremony for the first time

Jimmy Kimmel has been confirmed as the host for next year’s Academy Awards.

The LA-based comedian, who hosts the late night chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! in the US, will be taking up hosting duties for the first time in 2017. Kimmel follows previous hosts Ellen Degeneres, Seth MacFarlane, and last year’s host Chris Rock in being booked for the role.

As Variety and The Hollywood Reporter reports, Kimmel will host proceedings at the 89th Academy Awards, which will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 26.

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Kimmel’s nightly chat show airs on ABC, who will also broadcast the ceremony on February 26.

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Nominations for this year’s Oscars will be revealed on January 24 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. A luncheon for the nominees will be held on February 6, before voting for the awards by the esteemed Academy will begin on February 13, with votes closing a week later on February 21.

Early odds for the highly-coveted Best Picture award see the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone-starring La La Land as the early favourite, with Manchester By The Sea and Moonlight also in contention.

Back in November, Jackie Chan was presented with an honorary Oscar by the Academy.