The 94th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, and three women will make history by hosting the prestigious Hollywood event for the first time.
The show’s co-hosts will be actress Regina Hall and Emmy-winning comedians Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes, who are known for their witty banter.
Ellen DeGeneres hosted the last awards show in 2014, and she received mostly positive feedback. In 2007, she hosted as a presenter.
Ellen is hosting the show for the third time; Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Rock, and Jimmy Kimmel have all joined her onstage since her first appearance in 2009. The show has been without a host for the past three years as a result of the 2019 ceremony’s homophobic jokes scandal, and it will return tonight at 5 p.m. Pacific on ABC after a three-year absence.
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The first two female hosts were Claudette Colbert and Thelma Ritter in the 1950s, followed by Agnes Moorehead in 1948 and Claudette Colbert and Thelma Ritter in the 1960s. Previous hosts included Goldie Hawn, Jane Fonda, Liza Minnelli, and Shirley MacLaine.
Whoopi Goldberg made her debut as the first female emcee in 1994, and she returned to host in 1996 and 1999. How could we forget Anne Hathaway’s sincere but widely derided romance with James Franco in 2011? Regardless of our best efforts?
Until this year, the Academy Awards had not used formal emcees since the COVID-19 pandemic. As the war in Ukraine rages on, there will be plenty of sobering topics to discuss in between the thank-yous from the industry.
Hollywood’s marquee event, according to Hall, Schumer, and Sykes, should be expected to deliver the unexpected. Schumer is shown in advance of the show to be the most eager of the trio to join the group.
It’s safe to say Sykes will use her stand-up experience and razor-sharp wit in this role. Co-creator and star of The Upshaws, a short-lived talk show in 2009, as well as guest appearances on “The View,” “The Talk,” and a number of award shows, she has also hosted a number of shows. Amy Schumer, who starred in “Snatched,” was also cast in the film.
Among Hall’s most recent projects are “Nine Perfect Strangers” on Hulu, “Black Monday” on Showtime, “Insecure” on HBO, “The Hate U Give” on the big screen, and the 2017 breakout comedy “Girls Trip” on Showtime.
The Comedy Central special “Inside Amy Schumer” launched Schumer’s career as a writer, actress, and stand-up comedian. In addition to two stand-up specials and the feature films “Trainwreck” and “I Feel Pretty,” she has appeared in a number of other projects. “Life & Beth” is currently airing on Hulu, and she and her husband have a Food Network cooking show.
“We’re really excited to celebrate film while also making fun of people,” Hall said in an interview with Variety. “Do you think we’ll still be friends after that?” I inquired. “The answer is no, but we will do it.” The goal of the night is to have fun while also laughing at ourselves.
Schumer, on the other hand, has her own ideas, such as a possible tribute to Ukraine.
“It’s definitely under pressure to say, ‘This is a vacation.'” Let the general public forget about it. “We just want to have this night,” Schumer said last week on “The Drew Barrymore Show.”
“However, there are many people who are watching and listening.” It’s an excellent opportunity to say a few words about something. I’d like to share some jokes in light of the current situation.
Sykes revealed their hosting strategy after joking that if they’re not onstage in the Dolby Theatre, they’re boozing off camera.
They’ll share a monologue at the start of the show, as she explained on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday, and then perform in various settings. How many of us will be in the same room at the same time? “I’m not sure.”
“It’s almost like a game where whoever gets the most drunk is in charge backstage,” she joked. If you see Wanda out and about with Amy or Regina, just tell them she’s “backstage” and “drunk.”
Kimmel, who has hosted the show twice, paid him only $15,000 for the high-profile gig and revealed to Sykes: “And there’s one of me! You’ll almost certainly have to divide it. “It may appear to be too much for one night in the midst of months of planning.”
Despite this, Sykes claims she is only doing it for fun.
“It’s not like I’m getting paid,” she explained. “What you pay for is what you get.” You’ll need to move the comma and increase the number of zeros if you want Wanda to be sober. You will receive a free Wanda.