The 94th edition of the Oscars ceremony It will have a host for the first time since 2018, ABC announced on Tuesday, after the biggest movie awards lost audience ratings in recent years.

This edition of the Academy Awards, scheduled for March 27, will return to the traditional Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

The untraditional ceremony held in April last year, which included part of the hostless award ceremony at a popular train station in Los Angeles due to the coronavirus pandemic, was seen by 10 million people, 56% less than in 2020, year in which the event had the smallest audience in its history.

“You heard it here first, I can confirm that this year the Oscars will have a host,” Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, said at a panel discussion organized by the Television Critics Association.

Erwich did not want to reveal more details, nor did he specify if he will return Jimmy Kimmel – host of the ABC show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” – or the hosts of the 2017 and 2018 editions.

“Could be,” he commented.

In 2019, comedian Kevin Hart gave up hosting the ceremony after messages resurfaced on the Twitter network with homophobic comments that he had made years before.

It was not replaced, and although the format without a central figure was praised, and even emulated by other awards such as the Emmys, subsequent editions of the Oscars were criticized for lacking focus and humor.

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that veteran Glenn Weiss will direct the event for the seventh consecutive year.

Few details have been released about how the Will Packer-produced show, which was postponed for the second year in a row, will play out.

The date change – which was speculated to seek to avoid competing with events such as the American football final in the United States and the Winter Olympics in February – was announced months before the Omicron variant of the coronavirus spread and forced the cancellation of several events. face-to-face at Holywood.

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