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Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars? 

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Updated February 19, 2020 10.5k votes 644 voters 3.3k views 121 items

List Rules Vote up the celebs 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 2020, the Academy Awards chose to have previous Oscar hosts Steve Martin and Chris Rock to do the opening monologue.

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 2021 Oscars?
Age: 62

Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Hanks is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash (1984), Big (1988), Turner & Hooch ...more
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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 56

Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Concord

Steven John Carell (; born August 16, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer, and director. He is well known for his portrayal of boss Michael Scott on the NBC sitcom The Office ...more
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Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
CJames added Age: 39

Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kevin Darnell Hart (born July 6, 1979) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur ...more
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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 61

Birthplace: USA, Metairie, Louisiana

Hosted 79th Academy Awards in 2007 and 86th Academy Awards in 2014.

Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and ...more
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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 42

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Ryan Rodney Reynolds (born October 23, 1976) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, film producer, and screenwriter. He began his career starring in the Canadian teen soap opera Hillside and ...more
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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 51

Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States of America

John William Ferrell (; born July 16, 1967) is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer and businessman. He first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch ...more
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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 48

Birthplace: USA, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series ...more
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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added Age: 81

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor, film director, and film narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he ...more
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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 46

Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States of America

Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American actor, producer, and former professional wrestler. Johnson was a professional wrestler for the ...more
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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 50

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Hosted 81st Academy Awards in 2009.

Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He is best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men film series from 2000 to 2018, a role for which he ...more
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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added Age: 73

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Waco

Stephen Glenn Martin (born August 14, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, writer, filmmaker, and musician. Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers ...more
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Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 45

Birthplace: Plainfield, Illinois, United States of America

Melissa Ann McCarthy (born August 26, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and fashion designer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including two Primetime Emmy ...more
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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 47

Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Newton

Amy Meredith Poehler (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director, producer, and writer. After studying improv at Chicago's Second City and ImprovOlympic in the early ...more
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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Scott Merritt added Age: 68

Birthplace: USA, Wilmette, Illinois

William James Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, filmmaker, and writer. He first rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, a series of performances that ...more
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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added Age: 57

Birthplace: Canada, Newmarket

James Eugene Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, musician, and artist. He is known for his energetic slapstick performances.Carrey first gained ...more
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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
CJames added Age: 57

Birthplace: Reading, England

Ricky Dene Gervais (; born 25 June 1961) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and singer. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop ...more
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Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
CJames added Age: 44

Birthplace: New York City, USA, Bay Ridge, New York

James Thomas Fallon (born September 19, 1974) is an American comedian, actor, television host, singer, writer, and producer. He is known for his work in television as a cast member on Saturday ...more
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Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
CJames added Age: 57

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Edward Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American actor, comedian, and singer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984. He has worked as a stand-up ...more
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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 35

Birthplace: Sea Cliff, New York, United States of America

Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, and musician widely known as a regular cast member on The Big Gay Sketch Show (2007–2010) and Saturday Night ...more
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Bill Hader is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added Age: 40

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

William Thomas Hader Jr. (born June 7, 1978) is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, writer, producer and director. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live (2005–2013), for which he has ...more
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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added Age: 75

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Astoria

Christopher Walken (born Ronald Walken, March 31, 1943) is an American actor, dancer, director, screenwriter, and playwright who has appeared in more than 100 films and television programs, ...more
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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
``@iTurnDownHead´´ added Age: 60

Birthplace: USA, Santa Ana, California

Michelle Marie Pfeiffer (; born April 29, 1958) is an American actress and producer. She has received many accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, and three nominations for an Academy Award. ...more
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James Corden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 40

Birthplace: London Borough of Hillingdon, England

James Kimberley Corden (born 22 August 1978) is an English actor, singer, comedian, and television host. He hosts The Late Late Show with James Corden, a late-night television talk show on CBS. ...more
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Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added Age: 54

Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States of America

Wanda Yvette Sykes (born March 7, 1964) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She was first recognized for her work as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy ...more
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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
The Muppets are an ensemble cast of puppet characters known for their absurdist, burlesque, and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy. Created by Jim and Jane Henson in 1955, they are ...more