Oscars 2022 adds 'fan favourite' award which you can vote for on Twitter

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Fans can now vote for their favourite movie of 2021 on Twitter.
Fans can now vote for their favourite movie of 2021 on Twitter.
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  • The Academy Awards have added a fan favourite prize which will not be a formal Oscar category.
  • Movie fans can vote on Twitter with the hashtag #OscarsFanFavorite or via the Academy's website.
  • Three randomly selected winners will be invited to present an Oscar at the ceremony on 27 March.
  • Trade publications Variety and Deadline reported on Monday that Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes will share hosting duties.


As Oscars voters have increasingly drifted away from more mainstream fare, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has toyed with various reforms to boost the ceremony's popularity.

In 2018, organisers proposed a "popular film" Oscar to honour blockbuster movies such as Star War films or Marvel superhero films that rake in millions at the box office.

But it swiftly shelved those plans after critics ridiculed the move, and the new "fan favourite" award will not be a formal Oscar category.

Meryl Johnson, the Academy's vice president of digital marketing, said the move would "help build an engaged and excited digital audience leading up to this year's ceremony" and allow fans to "engage with the show in real-time, find a community and be a part of the experience in ways they've never been able to before."

Twitter's Sarah Rosen said the collaboration was "an exciting way to further engage movie fans and celebrate their love and passion for the films released this year."

Movie fans can vote up to 20 times per day until 3 March, and three randomly selected winners will be invited to present an Oscar at next year's ceremony.

A separate poll will ask voters to chose their favourite "movie cheer moment." The five most popular choices - billed as scenes where "audiences couldn't help but erupt into cheers in theatres" - will be shown during the Oscars.

Hosts revealed?

Meanwhile, reports emerged Monday in the Hollywood trade press about the possible identities of this year's Oscars hosts.

Variety and Deadline both reported that actors Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes will share hosting duties.

The Academy did not comment on the reports.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the trio will formally be announced on Good Morning America on Tuesday morning

Broadcaster ABC last month confirmed the Oscars will have a host for the first time since 2018, when Jimmy Kimmel last took the stage for Tinseltown's most important prize-giving event.

The following year's hostless format drew praise and was even emulated by other awards shows such as the Emmys, but subsequent Oscar ceremonies have been criticised for lacking focus and humour.

Next month's Oscars will return to the ceremony's traditional Dolby Theatre venue in Hollywood, after the pandemic-affected 2021 Academy Awards were held at a Los Angeles train station.

They are being held later than usual, reportedly to avoid clashing with February's Winter Olympics and Sunday's Super Bowl in Los Angeles.

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