The Academy has teased the 2023 Oscarsn the most film industry way possible – an exclusive trailer.
Jimmy Kimmel, 55, is the courageous host for this year’s event, and played out a hilarious bit in the new annoncement clip along with Top Gun: Maverick stars Jon Hamm and Charles Parnell.
In the clip, Kimmel, who has hosted the Oscars twice before, promised to be an “unslappable” and “unflappable” host – referencing the 2022 ceremony, in which host Chris Rock was slapped on stage by Will Smith.
Watch the clip above.
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Hamm and Parnell play their Top Gun admiral roles as ‘Cyclone’ and ‘Warlock’ in the clip, with Parnell revealing their Oscars “mission”.
“ABC has tasked us with finding a host who is unflappable… and unslappable,” he says.
”That’s good, ’cause I can’t get slapped,” Kimmel responds. “I cry a lot.”
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What comes as an even bigger surprise is the appearance of Cyclone and Warlock’s “double admiral”, who is none other than Billy Crystal.
Crystal has famously hosted the Oscars nine times, and while Cyclone and Warlock beg him to do so again, he admits he has an… appointment.
“No, I have a… dentist appointment. Sunday night,” Crystal jokes.
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Kimmel was announced as the event’s host in November last year, a role he called an “honour” to take on.
“Being invited to host the Oscars for a third time is 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,” Kimmel said in a statement at the time.