The Oscars are right around the corner. Do you know what that means? It’s time for all of your favorite Academy Award-related activities! You can say you’ll see that Best picture nominee you haven’t seen yet (you still won’t). You can listen to that one friend’s confounding takes (I had someone tell me that The Fabelmans was “camp”). You can spend fifteen minutes trying to remember who is hosting. I’ll save you time. It’s Jimmy Kimmel, and even Billy Crystal is happy with that choice! Contractually. On camera. From a different room than Kimmel. There was probably a scheduling conflict. These things happen.
Kimmel dropped a trailer for the Oscars, and my jokes aside, it’s funny. Jimmy talks to Jon Hamm and Charles Parnell, reprising their roles from Top Gun: Maverick. They reveal all of the people they attempted to hire before him. This all leads to Billy Crystal, emerging how I assume Val Kilmer does in said Top Gun film (I have not seen either Top Gun film). Crystal gives Kimmel his blessing, and even in this small dose, the man is hilarious. Where is his Only Murders In The Building arc?!
Speaking of Academy Award activities, I forgot about one of my favorites! Drummed up theories about what will win and why. I’m here to say that they will give Best Picture to the Top Gun film I mentioned earlier. I am basing that almost entirely off of Stephen Spielberg’s recent praise of the film. At an Oscars luncheon, Spielberg said that Top Gun: Maverick “might have saved the entire theatrical industry.” He’s not wrong. At a time when the future of movie theaters is in question, Top Gun: Maverick got one and a half billion dollars worth of butts in seats. If more people share Spielberg’s sentiment, I think we may see Jerry Bruckheimer lifting that golden statue at the end of the night.
While we don’t know who will win, we know Kimmel will be doing something funny. He’ll also do something that annoys a bunch of people. Such is the life of an award show host. Unless you’re Billy Crystal. I think. I was a child when he hosted, I’m sure someone found a reason to be annoyed by his shenanigans.