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Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars? 

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Updated March 3, 2020 14.5k votes 934 voters 3.8k views 130 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. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, Hanks is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars ...more
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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 2 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
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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 47

Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America

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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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 56

Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States of America

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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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 48

Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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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Cassandra Lucas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Cassandra Lucas

Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York

Cassandra Lucas is a singer best known for her work in the '90s group Changing Faces.
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Lindsay Lohan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 32

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Lindsay Dee Lohan (; born July 2, 1986) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, businesswoman, fashion designer, and film producer. Born and raised in New York, Lohan was signed to Ford ...more
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Kevin Hart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
CJames added Age: 39

Birthplace: 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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Ananda Lewis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 45

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Ananda Lewis (born March 21, 1973) is an American television personality, model and social activist. She was an MTV veejay from the late 1990s until 2001, when she left the network to host her ...more
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Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 34

Birthplace: Nashua, New Hampshire, United States of America

Amanda Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She signed with Epic Records in 1999 and came to fame with the release of her debut single ...more
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Bianca Lawson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 39

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Bianca Jasmine Lawson (born March 20, 1979) is an American film and television actress. She is perhaps best known for her regular roles in the television series Saved by the Bell: The New Class, ...more
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Michelle Pfeiffer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 60

Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States of America

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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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
ChloeFletcher added Age: 73

Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States of America

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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Ryan Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 39

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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Keke Palmer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 25

Birthplace: Harvey, Illinois, United States of America

Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer (born August 26, 1993) is an American actress, singer, rapper, songwriter, and television personality. Palmer was born in Harvey, Illinois, and raised in ...more
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Will Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 38

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American singer, songwriter, actress and television personality. Her accolades include five Grammy Awards, one Latin Grammy Award, ...more
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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 48

Birthplace: Huntington, New York, United States of America

Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and entrepreneur. Referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by the Guinness World Records, ...more
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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Demi Lovato is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 26

Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

Demetria Devonne Lovato ( lə-VAH-toh; born August 20, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She made her debut as a child actress on the children's television series Barney & ...more
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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Age: 61

Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States of America

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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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
Scott Merritt added Age: 72
Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current president of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and ...more
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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Should Host the 2021 Oscars?
CJames added Age: 57

Birthplace: Reading, United Kingdom

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