The Best Oscars Hosts Over the Years That the Academy Could Have Asked to Return

The show always has some surprises! It’s unclear whether the Oscars will ever have a host again, especially after there was no host for the 2019 and 2020 events. The Academy Awards are also not set to have anyone leading the festivities in 2021 either.

This year’s show, which airs on Sunday, April 25, is set to have a cinematic feel to it thanks to Contagion director Steven Soderbergh, who is producing the big event.

“The way we are going to use presenters this year is going to be different,” the director explained to Vanity Fair on April 1. “And we haven’t even used the word host, frankly. We’re calling it our ensemble because there’s a sort of overarching structure to the evening that they all participate in. So it’s just that word, the H-word, just really doesn’t apply to what we’re doing.”

In addition, Questlove will oversee the telecast’s musical components, making it a must-see event.

“The most exciting thing about this show is that it is going to feel like a film, in the sense that, at the end, we hope it’ll feel like you watched a movie,” Steven dished about the Oscars. “Everybody will be a character: Every nominee, every person that gives an award, will feel like characters in a film. And in the end, you’ll know who everybody was and what they wanted. You’ll have a connection to everyone in this show. What we want to do is have this three-hour movie in which some awards are given out.”

The Academy Awards first went hostless in response to the scandal surrounding comedian Kevin Hart. After the Ride Along actor was initially asked to host in 2019, homophobic tweets he wrote in the past surfaced, and he stepped down from the leading gig. At the time, Us Weekly reported it was the first time the Oscars would operate without a host guiding the event since March of 1989. It looks like there might not be a host for the foreseeable future.

For what it’s worth, the 2019 show pretty much went off without a hitch. This led producers to decide that it was the right choice for the following years.

But it hasn’t been all bad when it comes to Oscars hosts. In fact, a few people have been pretty memorable! We decided to take a look back at some of the best hosts over the years — people the Academy maybe should have considered shooting a phone call to steer the show this time around, or they should at least include in the show somehow.

Take a look at our gallery below to see who we picked as the best Oscars hosts over the years, in no particular order.

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