As the race toward the 90th Academy Awards ramps up, The Academy unveiled a new poster for the ceremony.
The poster showcases proofs of host Jimmy Kimmel‘s photo shoot and asks, “What could possibly go wrong?”
The question is, of course, a joke in reference to last year’s shocking moment when the wrong Best Picture winner was announced. It was the first time in the history of the Academy Awards that a mistake of this magnitude occurred. And many gave first-time host Kimmel a lot of credit for handling the situation gracefully.
The affable host, who is in the fifteenth season of his popular late night show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” was tapped to host again very soon after last year’s ceremony concluded. This follows several years of his “After the Oscars” specials. Those specials featured many big guests, from presenters to winners. He was in a prime position to host such a special, given that his studio is directly across the street from the Dolby Theater, home to the Academy Awards ceremony.
Expectations are high for Kimmel’s second go-around. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he talked about lessons for next year, and his plans going into another show. Given the choice between going back in time and fixing last year’s mistake or letting it stand, he said:
“Well, for the good of those producers, I probably would say, ‘Let’s just do it the right way and have the winners win and not have any nonsense, and have people be focused on the fact that the Oscars went well afterwards.’ But it is great for this upcoming Oscars, because for some reason it adds to the interest in the show. I mean, obviously there’s not going to be another envelope mix-up — although now that I think about it, when Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear off, nobody expected that he was going to do it again a minute later.”
And for the upcoming ceremony, he wants to fix last year’s “human error”:
Well, with more human error. [Laughs.] I mean, I hope that we don’t top that. I don’t want to have the first and second biggest blunders in the history of television on my watch.
The 90th Academy Awards will be broadcast on ABC on Sunday, March 4, beginning at 5PM PT.