Oscars announce funny girl gang as 2022 hosts
Los Angeles, California – There's going to be a new crew of funny ladies hosting the Oscars this year, and it's set to make her-story.
Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall will host the 94th annual Academy Awards on March 27, the organization announced on Good Morning America.
"We want people to get ready to have a good time. It’s been a while," said Hall, Schumer, and Sykes in a press release.
"This year’s show is all about uniting movie lovers. It’s apropos that we’ve lined up three of the most dynamic, hilarious women with very different comedic styles," said Oscars producer Will Packer. "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!"
"Mama I made it!" Schumer joked in an Instagram post on Tuesday. "Honored to be performing with these legends."
Schumer and Sykes are known for their stand-up comedienne prowess, while Hall is best known for her comedic roles in the Scary Movie franchise, The Best Man, and Girls Trip, among others. All three are award-nominated actors and producers.
A historic Oscar first
The Oscars have not had a host for the last three years, and was last emceed by Jimmy Kimmel in 2018. The trend began in 2019 when Kevin Hart opted to step down from hosting amid controversy over his past homophobic tweets.
Choosing the powerhouse lady trio to reinstate the gig marks the first time three women will ever host the ceremony together. There were three hosts 35 years ago at the 1987 Oscars – Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Paul Hogan – and two women 45 years ago at the 1977 awards – Ellen Burstyn and Jane Fonda with Warren Beatty and Richard Pryor.
"Imagine having one of the funniest women in comedy today hosting the Oscars … Now, multiply that by three," said president of ABC Entertainment Craig Erwich of the decision. "Regina, Amy and Wanda are comedy powerhouses who will make history as the first female trio to host the biggest night in entertainment, and we’re thrilled to have them at the helm to deliver an incredible show full of unforgettable moments and laughter."
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