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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?
age 62
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?
age 56
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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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added age 81
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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Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
CJames added age 39
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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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
age 61

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?
age 51
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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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
age 42
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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Shahrukh Khan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
salawala32 added age 53
Shah Rukh Khan, also known as SRK, is an Indian film actor, producer and television personality. Referred to in the media as "Baadshah of Bollywood", "King of Bollywood" or ...more
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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
age 48
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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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added age 73
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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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added age 57
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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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Scott Merritt added age 68
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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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
age 46
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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Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added age 40
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) 15 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added age 75
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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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added age 63
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
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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
age 50

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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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
age 47
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) 19 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
age 48
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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Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added age 54
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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Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
CJames added age 44
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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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added age 53
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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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added age 85
Carol Creighton Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer. She is best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, for CBS. She has achieved success on ...more
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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added age 71
David Michael Letterman is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, and actor. He hosts the late night television talk show Late Show with David Letterman, broadcast on CBS. ...more
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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added age 57
Woodrow Tracy "Woody" Harrelson is an American actor, activist, and playwright. He is a double Academy Award nominee, seven time Emmy Award nominee and one time winner. His breakout ...more