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?
Actor 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?
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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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Actor 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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Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
CJames added 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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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Comedian 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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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Comedian

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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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Actor 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) 8 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Actor 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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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added Actor 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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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Comedian 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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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added 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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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Scott Merritt added Actor 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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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Actor

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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Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Actor 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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David Spade is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added Comedian 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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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added Actor 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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Eddie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
CJames added Actor Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and director. Box-office takes from Murphy's films make him the 4th-highest grossing actor in the United ...more

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Jim Carrey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added Actor 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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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added Actor 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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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Band/Musician 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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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Comedian 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) 22 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
CJames added Comedian 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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Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Scott Merritt added Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III is an American actor, producer, and comedian. As a member of the Baldwin family, he is the oldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all well-known actors. ...more

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Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
Scott Merritt added Comedian Stephen Tyrone Colbert is an American political satirist, writer, producer, singer, television host, actor, media critic, and comedian. From 2005 to 2014, he was the host of Comedy Central's The ...more

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Wanda Sykes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Should Host the Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added Comedian 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