Who will be hosting the Oscars? Better yet, who are the producers who will select a host? The clock is ticking.
Who will be hosting the Oscars? Better yet, who are the producers who will select a host?
With exactly four months to go until the Oscars, those questions remain unanswered as the Academy and its president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and CEO Dawn Hudson, have yet to name a producer or pair of producers for the 2017 telecast.
Those producers, in turn, work to find a host.
If past years’ timetables are any indication, the Academy leaders are behind schedule for the 89th Academy Awards.
At this time last year, we already had a host. Chris Rock was named Oscars M.C. Oct. 20 by producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill.
Looking back 10 years, there is only one instance where producers were named after Nov. 1. Even then, it was a replacement announcement. In 2011, Brian Grazer was named a co-producer Nov. 9. But he was replacing Brett Ratner, who left following unflattering comments and a gay slur, after having originally taken the job in early August.
Take a look at the full timeline:
- ##calendar## 2015
- Sept. 1 – Reginald Hudlin and David Hill
- ##calendar## 2014 and 2013
- ##calendar## 2012
- Aug. 23 – Craig Zadan and Neil Meron
- ##calendar## 2011
- ##calendar## 2010
- June 22 – Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer
- ##calendar## 2009
- Oct. 20 – Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman
- ##calendar## 2008
- Sept. 24 – Larry Mark and Bill Condon
- ##calendar## 2007
- Sept. 10 – Gil Cates
- ##calendar## 2006
- July 21 – Laura Ziskin
In a statement with Variety Oct. 24, Academy spokesperson Teni Melidonian said an announcement was coming "shortly."
“We’ve had great conversations with several potential producers, and we’re excited to make our announcement shortly,” she told Variety via email. “The Academy and Oscar production teams are already working to create paths for an incoming producer to get started.”
In the meantime, the Academy may wait to announce producers until after its 8th Governors Awards — the Honorary Oscars, being held Nov. 12 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, the same location as the exclusive post-Oscars Governors Ball.
Regardless of when producers and a host are named, stay here for the latest Oscars news, shortlists, bleacher seat contests and everything you need to know for awards season.
The 89th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2016, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.