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It's that time of the year again, where in between all the best of lists of the year we pick the movies that should have the honor of being remembered the year after: the Oscar contenders. And while we judge performances based on whether they're good enough to make it into the Best Actor or Actress categories, the committee is getting ready to pick a new slew of disappointing choices.

For the 2017 ceremony, late night talk show host , from Jimmy Kimmel Live!, has been picked as the host — and he's already warming up his controversy muscle by making the occasional borderline inappropriate comments here and there. Speaking on KROQ’s Kevin and Bean morning show, he finally answered a burning question of how much exactly one gets paid to make terrible jokes for a night and be the scapegoat of everyone's Oscars frustration for a year.

'I'm Not Sure I Was Supposed To Reveal This'

So, being the MC at the Oscars for one night gets you... drumroll please... $15,000. While to us mere mortals it's a sum as ridiculously high as the prices on Gwyneth Paltrow's Christmas wish list, it seems like for a Hollywood bonanza it's not that big of a package.

After talking about such a taboo thing as one's salary, Kimmel went on to joke that he didn't really know if he was allowed to talk about it — but come on, he's the Oscars presenter, so he's edgy and not afraid to cause a little stir.

"I'm not sure I was supposed to reveal this. But nobody told me not to. I consider this their fault… I wonder if you get a raise if you do it more than once, like 'We're going to give you a three percent raise.'"

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Most importantly, though, he was flattered that he'd been picked for the 2017 edition:

"They asked like 14 people and they all said no and then there was me. I absolutely was surprised."

'The Oscars Really Do Seem Like A No-Win Situation'

Jimmy Kimmel on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' [Credit: ABC]
Jimmy Kimmel on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' [Credit: ABC]

However, it's not because he talks about his salary without checking with his poor PR assistant first that makes him aware of the level of awkwardness the job might entail. A few months prior to finding out he would host the event, Kimmel had told IndieWire that the ceremony truly was a "no-win situation":

If asked, I would do it. That's not to say I wouldn't immediately regret saying 'yes,' as I do with almost everything I agree to. The Oscars really does seem like a no-win situation, but in a way that makes you want to win. It's a challenge, and nobody's ever happy with the host."

Well, good luck to you, Kimmel!

Do you think Jimmy Kimmel was a good choice to host the 2017 Oscars ceremony?

If you're more of a blockbuster person, watch our recap of 2016's biggest box office hits — and click here for more original Movie Pilot video content.

(Source: IndieWire)


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