Next month's Oscars will be hosted by three doyennes of comedy, Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall, it was confirmed Tuesday, as organisers amp up efforts to lure viewers back to the ceremony.
It is the first time since 2018 that the Oscars will have a host, the first time since 1987 that it has had three, and the first time ever that all three will be women.
"I'm not sure who thought this was a good idea, but I'm hosting the Oscars, along with my good friend Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall. I'd better go watch some movies," Schumer said in a video clip.
The comedians' names were announced on ABC's Good Morning America (GMA) show. ABC will broadcast the 94th Academy Awards on 27 March.
The wait is finally over! The #Oscars will have a triple dose of comedy from its three hosts this year:— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 15, 2022
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"I know the fun Regina, Amy and Wanda will be having will translate to our audience as well. Many surprises in store! Expect the unexpected!" said the show's producer, Will Packer, in a statement.
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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