After three years without an official host for the Oscars ceremony — and steadily declining ratings — the 2022 Oscars won’t have one but three hosts.
On February 15, ABC’s “Good Morning America” announced that the hosts for this year’s Oscars will be comedy veterans Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes. “We don’t know who will win, but we know who will host,” “Good Morning America” teased in a video on Twitter, introducing the trio as hosts.
— Hello America (@GMA) February 15, 2022
ABC Entertainment Chairman Craig Erwich hailed the choice to have three “powerhouses” co-host the Oscars.
“Imagine one of the funniest women in comedy hosting the Oscars today… Now multiply that by three,” Erwich said in a statement. “Regina, Amy and Wanda are comedy powerhouses who will go down in history as the first all-female trio to host the biggest night in entertainment, and we’re thrilled to have them at the helm to deliver an incredible show full of unforgettable moments and laughter.”
Shortly after the official announcement, Sykes excitedly told her own Twitter followers that she would be seeing everyone on March 27, the date of the ceremony, with her own. video.
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) February 15, 2022
For his part, Schumer actually teased the announcement a few days earlier with a post on his Instagram account. She published a series of pictures of her on stage and screen over the years. Schumer’s enigmatic caption, “Big fun news is coming,” left everyone wondering what all the photos had in common.
Hall also shared her excitement about co-hosting the Oscars on her Instagram.
“It’s going to be a great night” Hall wrote in a message. “Thank you @theacademy and @willpowerpacker for making this possible!”
His post mentioned the Oscars broadcast producer Packer, who previously worked with Hall on the movie “Girls Trip.” He told “GMA” he wanted to make sure this year’s show had broad audience appeal.
“This year’s show aims to unite moviegoers,” Packer said on the ABC morning show. “It’s about that we’ve lined up three of the most dynamic and hilarious women with very different comedic styles. I know the fun that Regina, Amy and Wanda will have will translate to our audience as well. Expect the unexpected !
The last time the show had multiple hosts was in 2011, when James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted less than stellar results. We would have to go all the way back to 1987 for the last time the show had three co-hosts, when Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Paul Hogan took on the job.
The 94th Academy Awards will air Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Mark your calendar and get ready to do your Oscar Picks and plan that probably long overdue party!