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Is Jimmy Kimmel the right Oscars host for this Donald Trump moment?

Is Jimmy Kimmel the right Oscars host for this Donald Trump moment?

Modern Oscar telecasts, like upscale restaurants and traveling viruses, tend to get the hosts they deserve.

Maybe it’s that producers intuit a prevailing vibe. Or maybe it’s just that a solid pro bends a ceremony to the moment. Whatever the reason, Academy Awards hosts can reflect a certain zeitgeist.

A roiling year of Oscars So White and Black Lives Matter yielded a race-minded provocateur like Chris Rock last February. A post-crash 2009 gave way to the song-and-dance pick-me-up of Hugh Jackman. A gay-rights movement that crested in 2014 and 2015 — and saw the best picture nominations of such films as “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The...

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