The 2021 Academy Awards received’t have a number for the third straight yr. Earlier than the present kicks off, listed below are among the stars who’ve taken on the function up to now.
The 2019 Academy Awards present made historical past as going host-free for the primary time since 1989. It wasn’t initially deliberate that means. Kevin Hart was beforehand enlisted for the gig, however earlier than lengthy, Twitter customers started resurfacing years-old homophobic tweets. Hart then stepped down from the function amidst the backlash towards him and nobody stepped in to take the gig. Within the years since, the present has gone with out a host to shepherd the exhausting three to 4 hour telecast alongside, and it has managed to not miss a beat. In fact the pleasant opening monologues and viewers interplay all through the telecast will all the time be missed. However the present should go on and is doing so in 2021 through movie star presenters having an even bigger half. Right here’s an inventory of stars who took on Oscar internet hosting duties over time to various levels of success.
Jimmy Kimmel: 2017 and 2018
ABC was happy with the community’s late evening speak present host’s efficiency in 2017, particularly how he dealt with the debacle of La La Land incorrectly being named Finest Image over the precise winner Moonlight. It earned Jimmy Kimmel a second go as host in again to again ceremonies, returning in 2018. Due to his residence base in Hollywood and his tight knit circle of A-list mates, Jimmy was proper at residence in entrance of the starry Oscars viewers. It additionally helped that Jimmy Kimmel Dwell‘s head author — and Jimmy’s spouse — Molly McNearney took over the telecast’s writing duties to maintain the present’s humor present and hip.
Chris Rock: 2005 and 2016
Chris Rock had the unenviable activity of internet hosting in 2016, the yr that there have been zero nominations for actors of shade, on the 88th Academy Awards. Consequently, the Black comic needed to deal with the #OscarsSoWhite elephant within the room. He ripped into the subject in his monologue, jokingly referring to the ceremony because the “White Individuals’s Alternative Awards.” He added that in years previous there hadn’t been an uproar over the shortage of range as a result of “we had actual issues to protest; we’re too busy being raped and lynched to care about who received greatest cinematographer.” He additionally added, “This yr, within the In Memoriam package deal, it’s simply going to be black people who had been shot by the cops on their method to the flicks.”
Neil Patrick Harris: 2015
Neil Patrick Harris was already a veteran of internet hosting a number of Tony Awards telecasts, and introduced his track and dance abilities to the Oscars. Actress Anna Kendrick joined him onstage for a full of life musical opening quantity, and he appeared to get pleasure from internet hosting the present. That was, till he learn Twitter afterwards. NPH later appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Dwell and mentioned he’d by no means host the present once more after taking a look at Twitter and discovering “Uniform hatred,” of his internet hosting duties. He went on to inform the Huffington Publish, “I don’t know that my household nor my soul may take it. It’s a beast. It was enjoyable to test off the record, however for the period of time spent and the comprehensible opinionated response, I don’t know that it’s a pleasant steadiness to do yearly and even once more.”
Ellen DeGeneres: 2007 and 2014
Again when daytime speak present host Ellen DeGeneres was nonetheless generally known as the “Queen of Good,” the upbeat comic was requested again in 2014 after internet hosting the present in 2007. Reasonably than poke enjoyable on the Oscars or deliver any controversial jokes, she combined and mingled together with her A-list entrance row viewers. Ellen infamously gathered Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Bradley Cooper, Lupita Nyong’o and extra collectively for a large movie star selfie. She later had packing containers of pizzas introduced by which she served as much as the identical hungry films stars, with Brad Pitt even serving to move out paper napkins and plates.
Seth McFarlane: 2013
Add Household Man creator Seth McFarlane to the record of hosts who by no means need the job once more. He did a disastrous and misogynistic track and dance quantity referred to as “We Noticed Your Boobs,” the place Seth named off actresses and the flicks the place they appeared topless. Seth additionally made a joke about Kim Kardashian’s “darkish facial hair.” He later instructed Leisure Weekly, “It’s a format that’s about as present because the 1950s selection present format. There’s all the time an effort to make it attention-grabbing and thrilling to viewers who’re used to a really totally different leisure panorama within the fashionable period, and it’s typically instances becoming a sq. peg in a spherical gap. So it’s not a straightforward job, and I’m not stunned that they’ve a tricky time discovering takers.”
Billy Crystal: 2012 plus eight different instances as host
After the overall catastrophe that was Anne Hathaway and James Franco’s Oscars co-hosting duties in 2011, the Academy introduced again “secure” stalwart Billy Crystal, after their first alternative Eddie Murphy withdrew from the gig. He reigned because the host of the present seven instances between 1990 and 2000, and was a well-recognized and beloved presence for the viewers and viewers. However Billy performed it too secure to the purpose of being boring. Washington Publish critic Hank Stuever wrote that Billy “appeared to be overseeing a cruise ship dinner present designed to enchantment to the over-50 journey membership,” including that, “Early on, it hit the rocks and began to record. Nearly everybody drowned.”
Anne Hathaway and James Franco: 2011
Anne Hathaway sadly had a brilliant tough go at it when she co-hosted the present with James Franco in 2011. The 2 had been ill-matched due to Franco’s utter lack of enthusiasm, which Hathaway then tried to overcompensate for with a ton of power. And the worst half is the Ocean’s 8 star didn’t even need to host to start with! “Can I dish some tea?” Hathaway instructed Individuals, in an interview revealed Feb. 10, 2019. “I turned that gig down, and James is the one which satisfied me to do it.” She then added that she would have doubtless been high-quality if Franco admitted it was all a joke. “If he’d circled and mentioned ‘I’m pranking you proper now.’ I believe I’d have been okay with it. I’d’ve been like, ‘That sucks, nevertheless it’s epic,” she mentioned. “When all of the mud settled, I used to be identical to, you gotta be kidding me. Your first intuition is often the suitable one, and all of the the explanation why I turned it down got here true,”
The 93rd Academy Awards air Sunday, Apr. 25 at Eight p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on ABC.