The Academy Awards will have a host for the first time since 2018 and return to their longtime home at the Dolby Theatre, broadcaster ABC said on Tuesday after television ratings for film's biggest night have plummeted in recent years.
While several other award functions have been postponed in the wake of surging Covid-19 cases, Walt Disney Co's ABC said plans remain in place to hold the Oscars, the highest film honours, on March 27 in Los Angeles.
This year's ceremony will have a host, ABC Entertainment President Craig Erwich said at a Television Critics Association event.
However, he provided no further details about the same, instead, he joked ‘It might be me,’ he joked. The Oscars were handed out by celebrity presenters but had no host in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
According to the reports, ratings for the telecast have fallen in recent years, dropping to a record low of 10.4 million people in the United States in 2021. Viewership of other awards shows also has declined.
Meanwhile, British actor Tom Holland’s fans have suggested that he should be hosting this year’s Oscars after the smashing success of his movie 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' possibly with his co-star Zendaya.
Holland told The Hollywood Reporter in December that he would "love" to host the awards. "If they ask me to, I would, and it would be very fun," he said.
Previous hosts have included late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and comedians Chris Rock and Ellen DeGeneres.
In a statement, ABC said that 2022 Oscars will take place again at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Last year, the awards moved to the historic Union Station train station in downtown Los Angeles with a small crowd of nominees and guests to protect against COVID.
Nominations for the Oscars will be announced on February 8.
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