For the third year in a row, it appears, the Oscars will not have a traditional host or hosts. Instead, there will be an “ensemble cast” of presenters, according to the producers of the April 25 ceremony.
“In keeping with our awards-show-as-a-movie approach, we’ve assembled a truly stellar cast of stars,” Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh said in a statement. “There’s so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required.”
Among those slated to be part of the multi-venue ceremony will be last year’s winners of all four acting Oscars, Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern, as well as best picture, director and original screenplay winner Bong Joon Ho.
Nominees Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Steven Yeun (Minari) will also be presenters on Sunday night, the Academy announced just days before the Oscars.
This framing of presenters-as-hosts harkens back to the Oscars ceremony of 50 years ago, when the Academy enlisted 34 “Friends of Oscar” to steer the show, and of the year before that, when 17 “Friends of Oscar” did the honors.
April 22, 3:30 p.m.: Updated to add Ahmed and Davis as presenters.
April 23, 1:20 p.m.: Updated to add Yeun as a presenter.