Oscars Who Should Host the Oscars?  

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List Rules Vote up the individuals you would most like to see host the Oscars. Repeat hosts are okay.

Who should host the next Oscars? Academy Award hosts throughout the years have been hilarious, fallen flat, caused controversy, and everything in between! Some of the best Oscar hosts were people you wouldn't expect, but who had the charisma and skills to do the job right. This list of who should host the Oscars includes actors, actresses, musicians, and potent personalities who could carry the weight of one of the biggest award season events. In 2019, the Academy Awards chose to have no singular host but instead the producers are rumored to be eyeing the cast of the Avengers franchise to act as awards presenters.

Dwayne Johnson, Jason Momoa, and Ryan Reynolds all might just have the right combination of looks, charm, and personality to comfortably hold court during the Academy Award ceremony. Their action-hero histories might also make them a more modern choice that can keep the Oscars relevant.

For a different kind of charm and a guarantee you'll be laughing with the ceremony and not at it, actors and personalities like Chrissy Teigen, Mindy Kaling, and Tiffany Haddish are favorites. Hosts who can truly improvise rather than react along with the teleprompter like SNL alums like Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler - the latter of which already hosted a successful Golden Globes - would make for a memorable event.

Vote up the people who should host the Oscars and add any celebrities you think we snubbed.

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American film actor, director, voice-over artist, writer and film producer. Hanks worked in television and family-friendly comedies before achieving ...more
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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Steven John "Steve" Carell is an American actor, comedian, director, producer and writer. After a five-year stint on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Carell found greater fame for ...more
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Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Kevin Darnell Hart is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at ...more
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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Ryan Rodney Reynolds is a Canadian actor. Reynolds portrayed Michael Bergen on the ABC sitcom Two Guys and a Girl, Billy Simpson in the YTV Canadian teen soap opera Hillside, as well as Marvel ...more
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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Hosted 79th Academy Awards in 2007 and 86th Academy Awards in 2014.

Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk ...more
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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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John William "Will" Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. Ferrell first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show ...more
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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank ...more
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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, the ...more
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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American-Canadian actor, producer and professional wrestler. Johnson was a college football player for the University of ...more
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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and film producer. Carrey has received two Golden Globe Awards. Known for his highly ...more
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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Hosted 81st Academy Awards in 2009.

Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, producer, and singer who is involved in film, musical theatre and television. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, ...more
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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American comedian, actor, musician, writer, and producer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later ...more
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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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William James "Bill" Murray is an American actor and comedian. He first gained exposure on Saturday Night Live for which he earned an Emmy Award and later went on to star in comedy ...more
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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer. She was raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved ...more
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Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Melissa Ann McCarthy is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. McCarthy first gained recognition for her role as Sookie St. James on the television series Gilmore Girls. On the ABC ...more
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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Kate McKinnon Berthold, commonly known as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She is best known for her sketch comedy work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live ...more
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Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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James Thomas "Jimmy" Fallon is an American television host, comedian, actor, singer, writer, and producer. He currently hosts The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a late-night talk ...more
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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Ricky Dene Gervais is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, film director, producer, musician, screenwriter, and radio presenter. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a ...more
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Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Wanda Sykes is an American writer, comedian, actress, and voice artist. She earned the 1999 Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of ...more
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Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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William "Bill" Hader is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, producer and writer. He is known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, his lead role in The Skeleton ...more
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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Christopher Walken is an American actor. He has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows, including The Deer Hunter, Annie Hall, The Prophecy trilogy, Brainstorm, True Romance, Pulp ...more
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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Benjamin Edward Meara "Ben" Stiller is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. After beginning his ...more
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David Spade is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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David Wayne Spade is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, musician, and television personality. He rose to fame in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, then began a ...more
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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
The Muppets are a group of puppet characters known for an absurdist, burlesque and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy. Having been created in 1955 by Jim Henson, they are the ...more
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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
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Whoopi Goldberg is an American actress, comedienne, political activist, writer, producer, and television host. Although Goldberg made her film debut in the avant-garde ensemble film Citizen: I'm ...more