The 94th Academy Awards will have a host for the first time in three years since Kevin Hart stepped down as the Oscars emcee in 2019. The official announcement of who’ll emcee Oscars 2022 will come from Will Packer, the executive producer. However, as per The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home‘ star Tom Holland has expressed an interest.
Speaking of the chance to host the Oscars, Holland said “What kind of f**king idiot wouldn’t host the Oscars?” The Academy has also reached out to him to explore this possibility.
Despite Holland’s enthusiasm, the job of emceeing the Oscars has quickly transitioned from being a prestigious gig to a thankless task, in the social media age of incessant criticism. Hart’s announcement led to old homophobic tweets of his being dug up, and several high-profile stars have withdrawn their names from being considered.
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Jimmy Kimmel was the last host who appeared in both 2017 and 2018, to generally positive reviews. The Academy had shown an interest in 2019 in getting Hart back as well if he made amends, but the comedian turned down the offer, making it the first time that the Oscars took place without a host.
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Since the event saw an uptick in viewership compared to 2018, the Oscars decided to go without a host in 2020 again. There was a slight dip that year. However, in 2021, after a COVID-related delay when the Oscars was broadcast from downtown Los Angeles Union Station, the event lost nearly half its audience.
Naturally, this prompted the Academy to have a host this year, when the event airs on March 27. The nominations will be announced by February 8.
Notable hosts in the last decade have included Chris Rock (2016), Neil Patrick Harris (2015), Ellen DeGeneres (2014), Seth MacFarlane (2013), Billy Crystal (2012), as well as James Franco and Anne Hathaway (2011).