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If something works, why fix it? It seems like the Academy is taking that age-old adage to heart, because for the third year in a row, the Academy Awards ceremony will not have a host.
Gone are the days of Hugh Jackman performing a song-and-dance number to introduce the nominees, as he did in 2009, or Billy Crystal stealing the show for four years in a row, as he did from 1990-1993. Notable past hosts have also included Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, and Bob Hope, who hosted 19 times between the years of 1940 and 1978.
Now, instead of one comedian presiding over the opening monologue and transitions, we get many hosts. In 2019, the Oscars went without a host for the first time in 30 years. The result was a shorter ceremony with even higher ratings, and the formula repeated in 2020.
Here's who to look out for on the evening of the Oscars, which will air on Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Here are some of the 2021 Oscars presenters—a.k.a. "hosts."
On April 12, the Academy released the first batch of presenters. “In keeping with our awards-show-as-a-movie approach, we’ve assembled a truly stellar cast of stars. There’s so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required," the show's producers said in a statement, per Variety.
Not only is the presenters list star-studded—it's Oscars-studded. The batch of presenters has 15 awards between them. Likely, more names will be added to this list.
If you ask us, many hosts may be better than one.
Watch the Oscars on Sunday, April 25.
The Oscars will take place on Sunday, April 25, starting at 8 p.m. As with the nominees themselves, expect the unexpected among the presenters. Who knows who might show up?
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