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Oscars 2022 will have a different host for every hour

The three-act show is reportedly set to feature a different emcee for each hour

By Jen Thomas

An Oscar trophy in front of a red background
An Academy Award trophy. (Photo: RODNAE Productions/Pexels).

The 94th Academy Awards will feature a different host for every hour of the ceremony, it’s been confirmed.

The event hasn’t had a host since 2018, but that’s reportedly set to change.

The Hollywood Reporter says a new plan has been drawn up that gives the Academy an opportunity to use a wide variety of hosts to appeal to as many people as possible.

It’s claimed that the ceremony will be a three-act show, with a different emcee for each hour.

The plan is also hoped to ease some of the pressure on potential hosts, by spreading the responsibility and attention across several people.

The ceremony is due to take place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on March 27th.

Previous years have seen chaos unfold at the awards, with Chris Rock hosting throughout the #OscarsSoWhite moment. Back in 2017 Jimmy Kimmel was hosting when the wrong winner was announced, now dubbed “Envelopegate”.

Kevin Hart was supposed to host in 2019 until old homophobic tweets resurfaced.

Following his departure, few performers wanted to host the show, leading to the current host-less regime.

Producer Steven Soderbergh said of last year’s ceremony:  “As the show began to take shape, it felt like it would be better served if each act was approached as a discrete storytelling chapter and you have a guide for each of those chapters,” Soderbergh said ahead of last year’s show, explaining why he was expanding presenters’ duties.

It was also confirmed that attendees will no longer have to show they have had the Covid vaccine.

Nominees hoping to win big this year include Jane Campion’s ‘The Power Of The Dog’ and Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’. 

‘House Of Gucci’ only received one nomination, and fans were disappointed after ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ didn’t receive a Best Picture nomination.

Organisers are trying to reverse the downward trend in viewing figures, ever since the success of 2004’s showing which attracted 46 million viewers.