The 94th edition of the Oscars ceremony will have a host for the first time since 2018, ABC announced on Tuesday, after the largest film awards lost audience ratings in recent years.
This edition of the Academy Awards, scheduled for the March 27th, will return to the traditional Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.
The nothing traditional ceremony held in april of last year, which included part of the hostless award ceremony at a popular train station in Los Angeles due to the coronavirus pandemic, was seen by 10 million people, 56% less than in 2020, the year in which the event had the lowest audience in its history.
“You heard it here first, I can confirm that this year the Oscars will have a host,” he said. Craig Erwich, president of the group ABC Entertainment Y Hulu Originals, in a panel discussion organized by the Association of Television Critics.
Erwich did not want to reveal more details, nor did he specify if he will return Jimmy Kimmel – host of ABC show “Jimmy Kimmel Live! “ – or the hosts of the 2017 and 2018 editions.
“Could be,” he commented. In 2019, the comedian Kevin Hart gave up to conduct the ceremony after messages resurfaced on Twitter with comments homophobic that he had done years ago.
It was not replaced, and although the format without a central figure was praised, and even emulated by other awards such as the Emmys, subsequent editions of the Oscars were criticized by lack focus and humor.
This Tuesday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the veteran Glenn Weiss will lead the event for the seventh year in a row.
Few details have been released about how the program that will be produced by Will Packer and that it was postponed for the second year in a row.
The change of date -which was speculated sought to avoid competing with events such as the final of american football in the United States and Winter Olympic Games In February, it was announced months before the omicron variant of the coronavirus spread and forced the cancellation of several face-to-face events in Holywood.