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Properly associates, right here we’re once more: awards season. Not solely that, it’s the second awards season to occur amidst a serious Covid-19 case surge that makes purple carpets and large galas unadvisable if not downright unsafe. The Grammys have already been postponed from their unique January 31 date. The AFI Awards luncheon has been pushed back too. The record goes on and on. One factor that’s not been postponed or canceled but? The Oscars. The present is scheduled for March 27—and this time, it’ll have a bunch.
Not that it’s by no means had a bunch earlier than. In earlier years, everybody from Billy Crystal to Ellen DeGeneres emceed the present. However nobody has taken on the gig because the finish of Jimmy Kimmel’s run in 2018. (A part of the explanation the present went host-less was a complete Kevin Hart controversy that I’m not going to get into right here.) This 12 months, nonetheless, the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences is as soon as once more going to have somebody fill that place. The factor is, they don’t know who.
After the news broke on Tuesday that the present would have a bunch, hypothesis has been rampant about who it is likely to be, and who it ought to be. Spider-Man: No Method House star Tom Holland threw his hat in the ring. Web page Six reported somebody had the intense concept to provide Pete Davidson the mic. However whereas everybody waited for an official announcement, the web does what it does finest, and threw out its personal contenders.
One of many clear crowd favorites was Elmo. The little purple dude from Sesame Road has been burning up the web currently due to a rant he went on—uncharacteristic for Sesame Road however not for Elmo—about how silly it’s to provide a cookie to a pet rock. (Sure, this actually occurred. He really screamed at fellow puppet Zoe, “Rocco’s not alive!” in a surreal second that every one however proved 2022 might be the 12 months of Peak Existential Dread.) On the floor, this might be a good suggestion. Who doesn’t need the evening to finish with a Sesame Road character screaming “Why was Drive My Automotive snubbed? TELL ELMO!”? However you then keep in mind Hollywood has sufficient petulant youngsters, and having one host an awards present would get previous fairly shortly.
One other idea that popped up was to haven’t solely Holland host, however Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire—his fellow Spider-Males—as effectively. Appears enjoyable! But additionally, why are we overlooking Zendaya? Simply sayin’. As this week wore on, different names entered the fray. Willem Defoe! Eric André! The Academy even took the question to Twitter, asking for individuals to supply up hypothetical host choices. (Private favourite suggestion: Saturday Evening Reside forged member Bowen Yang.)