Oscars 2022: Multiple Hosts? Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez

Oscars 2022: Multiple Hosts?

ABC has announced that there will be host(s) for the 94th Oscars

Over the past few weeks, the team behind the Oscars has reached out to multiple celebrities with the idea of putting together possible pairings. No hosts have been settled on and discussions are still in early stages. The decision will be made by the Academy, ABC and producer Will Packer.

The Oscars haven’t had a host for the past three years–Jimmy Kimmel was the last host in 2018.

With multiple talents bringing different energy and experience to the stage, the Oscars would be able to attract multiple audience demographics into the world of red carpets, fashion and celebrating love for the movies.

With ratings on a steady decline for the past few years, the Academy is eager to revive the good old days, as they did for the 1998 ceremony when Titanic dominated the evening.

There’s no official word if there is cap to the number of hosts.

The 1983 ceremony, with foursome of Walter Matthau, Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore and Richard Pryor, was one of the most-watched in history.

The Academy is definitely open to feedback, as shown by the poll on Twitter, asking, “If we asked you who would you want to host the Oscars, and this is strictly hypothetical, who would it hypothetically be?”

Thousands of responses poured in, with buzzy talents, including “Saturday Night Live” alum Leslie Jones and singer Dionne Warwick.

Buzzy names for the Oscars host have been floating around on Hollywood wish lists.

In 2018, Kevin Hart was set to host the 91st Oscars, but stepped down amid outcry over earlier homophobic tweets resurfacing. Despite the controversy, insiders say that conversations about Hart hosting have again occurred. Hart is close friends with producer Will Packer — but, Packer knew it wouldn’t be feasible since Hart will soon be overseas shooting a film in Europe.

Kimmel has hosted the Oscars twice, to mostly positive praise, but sources say the conversation to have the ABC comedian host again isn’t even on the table this year.

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph

In the first year of the no-host Oscars, the three alums of “Saturday Night Live” took the stage together to present the first award to Regina King for supporting actress. It was during this time that the Academy discussed having the three helm the ceremony, but producers weren’t able to make it happen.

The Academy wants multiple hosts, and Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, would be a dream team for many reasons.

Former Oscar host Steve Martin, Gomez and Short co-star on Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, a promotion for parent company Disney, which would love to see its streamer’s most-watched comedy touted on its network.

Martin and Short are comedy legends, who would pair with Gomez, one of the most prominent stars in Young Hollywood, reaching viewers of all ages.

“Only Murders” will be in production on its next season, which could pose problems — but that problem is easily solved when your bosses would gladly make a high-budget exception to shift around production to give its stars the most glamorous stage of the year.

Hulu and ABC Entertainment president Craig Erwich told Variety that the trio is at the top of their wish list: “They have mass appeal. Everybody loves them. They’d be a dream. That said, there’s a lot of incredible talent we’re considering. We’re having ongoing conversations with Will and the Academy about it.”