The Academy Awards will have no host for the third consecutive year, a streak that began after Jimmy Kimmel’s 2017 and 2018 hosting gigs.
The Oscars will not have a host for the third consecutive year. Hosting the Academy Awards is a tradition that goes back to the ceremony’s 1929 debut, when MC duties were co-handled by actor Douglas Fairbanks and director William C. deMille. Apart from the previous two Oscars and some notable exceptions, nearly every iteration of The Academy’s annual showcase has been hosted by one, two, or several celebrity talents.
Now, Deadline reports that April 25th’s Oscars will again rely on a rotating cast of award presenters, rather than a single host or hosts. Producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, and Steven Soderbergh have not revealed many details of how the pandemic-edition of the award show will unfold, though apparently offers are out to some potential presenters. The 93rd Academy Awards will be largely streamed from LA’s famous Union Station, with some footage coming from the event’s traditional home since 2001, The Dolby Theatre.
Since Jimmy Kimmel’s back-to-back hosting gigs in 2017 and 2018, the Academy has featured a more flexible lineup of talent. The decision has been met with general praise and a modest ratings spike, typically attributed to the altered show’s faster, smoother pace and greater focus being placed on the nominees. Before the change, the Academy’s biggest night had had at least one host every year since 1989. The last time the Oscars went host-less for three consecutive years was from 1969 to 1971.
Changes to the prominent award show have been a hot-button issue of late. Beyond hosting, everything from the Oscars’ lack of diversity amongst its nominees to the method by which those nominees are chosen has been re-examined publicly on social media and within Hollywood’s boardrooms. While the idea of a fixed host or hosts might appeal to Oscars traditionalists, the Academy is apparently trying their best to keep up with the demands of the viewing public.
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