After four years of having hostless ceremonies, the Academy Awards has revealed its three hosts for this year: Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, and Regina Hall.
Unlike last year’s scaled-down awards ceremony, which was held at Los Angeles Union Station in a reduced capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s event will make a return to the Dolby Theatre at full capacity. In order to attend, the academy has mentioned that vaccine shots will not be mandatory, but a recent negative PCR test will be. There is also debate about whether masks will be mandatory or not, as the mandate may likely be lifted for large indoor events under the Los Angeles County.
Oscars cast producer Will Packer initially had Dwayne Johnson, John Mulaney, Steve Martin, Pete Davidson, and Martin Short in mind as potential hosts, however, they respectfully declined the offer. Having gone through a rigorous process in search of a host for the annual ceremony, Packer decided to have three hosts instead of one, choosing Sykes, Schumer, and Hall, who are expected to humor the crowd with their natural comedic talent.
In the lead of nominated films this year stands Netflix’s The Power of the Dog with 12 nominations, and Warner Bros/Legendary’s tentpole Dune, coming in at a close second with 10 nominations. Despite its large positive reception and audience, the wildly known Spiderman: No Way Home did not receive as many nominations. Regardless, this year’s 2022 Oscars on March 27 are making a long-overdue and strong reappearance, especially with three lively hosts.