The 2022 Academy Awards will have hosts for the first time in three years. The last person to host the show was Jimmy Kimmel in 2018. Now the Oscars will feature not one, but three celebrity hosts when it airs on March 27.
According to Deadline, Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes will all contribute to hosting duties during the show. The show’s producer Will Packer was apparently taking meetings for weeks to find the perfect hosts. “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm was considered at one point, but the show organizers ultimately went in a different direction.
Schumer, said on Instagram Sunday that she had “big fun news comin,” which fans are now speculating has something to do with her hosting gig.
Packer no doubt spent a lot of time making the decision of who should host after the drama that happened before the 2019 installment of the show. That’s when their selected host, comedian Kevin Hart, was ousted from the program due to controversial jokes about hoping his son isn’t gay and other “homophobic humor.”
Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars and apologized to the LGBTQ community for his “insensitive words” 48 hours after accepting the gig.
“I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars,” the comedian said at the time on Twitter. “This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
The Academy has worked hard to avoid controversy ever since and so far, that means not having a host at all. But this year’s Oscars are already causing drama for an entirely different reason.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their plan not to mandate proof of vaccination (with or without a booster) in order to attend this year’s in person Oscars ceremony. Instead, attendees will need to provide a negative PCR test or a negative rapid antigen test on the day of the event.
However, the Academy does require their employees to be vaccinated with rare medical exemptions.
This announcement was met with derision from followers on social media, who called it hypocritical to not require vaccines for attendees while enforcing it for employees. “SURPRISE: Elites Think They’re Special And Don’t Need A COVID Vaccine Mandate,” one Twitter user shared.
Other awards shows taking place in person including the SAG Awards and Critics Choice Awards will be requiring proof of vaccination.
Los Angeles is still operating under a state of emergency, which is why people also called out the hypocrisy of so many fans going maskless during the Super Bowl this year. Photos of celebrities attending the football game without masks made rounds on social media following the event.
There’s a very good chance that some of those same celebrities will be at the Oscars next month as well.
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