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Academy Awards ABC to host Oscars through 2028

The year 2028 extends the existing agreement between ABC and the Academy for eight more years.

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The Oscars play

The Oscars

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ABC has signed a deal to host Oscars through 2028

On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made the announcement.

Chris Rock play Chris Rock hosted the 2016 Oscars

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The year 2028 extends the parties existing agreement, which was for 2020, for eight more years.

“We’re honored to continue our storied and successful partnership with ABC in broadcasting the most watched live entertainment event of the year,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

“In 2028, we’ll mark the Oscars 100th anniversary, and ABC is the perfect partner to help us celebrate the magic of movies with our fans. 

Christopher Waltz accepting the award for best supporting actor for 'Inglourious Basterds' during the 82nd Academy Awards play

Christopher Waltz accepting the award for best supporting actor for 'Inglourious Basterds' during the 82nd Academy Awards

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Following the 2016 #OscarsSoWhite backlash, the Academy voted unanimously for changes to make its membership more diverse with a goal of doubling the diverse membership by 2020.

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, the Academy invited 683 new members, with 46% being female and 41% people of color.

The 89th Academy Awards will hold on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood.

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