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Oscar Hosts Aren’t the Only Solutions to a Dwindling Awards Show Audience

Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes could be incredible awards hosts, but it's going to take a lot more to engage audiences with another Oscar ceremony.

Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall, Amy Schumer

While Oscar nominations landed last week, this one had plenty of updates to that ongoing news cycle. The Academy announced a trio of hosts for this year’s ceremony, and by selecting Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes, it seemed to be betting on a combination of audiences for their collective work tuning in. But the Academy also threw another gamble into the mix with its Twitter contest allowing anyone to vote on the best film of 2021 (the winner will be announced on the show). Will these updates help secure better ratings for a show that has struggled to improve them for years?

Not so fast. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss these updates in light of questions about whether the Super Bowl could provide the template for the ratings boost that the Oscars desperately need. They also debate some of the more contentious categories (including Best Adapted Screenplay) and how in-person campaigning has taken shape since the nominations came out.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 

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