The King of Staten Island himself, Pete Davidson, is being considered to host the 94th Academy Awards, with the hope to bring in a younger audience.
The King of Staten Island Pete Davidson is reportedly in talks to host the 2022 Academy Awards. While much discussion hangs in the air about what films will be nominated for this year’s Academy Awards, ranging from the critically acclaimed but financial disappointing West Side Story, the controversial Don’t Look Up, and the surprise success of Licorice Pizza in the limited film market, the big question now is not what films will be nominated but who will host the show. After three years of going without a host, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is looking for a host for this year’s 94th Academy Awards, which will air on ABC on March 27, 2022.
Just like when it comes time to cast a new James Bond, everybody has an ideal pick for an Academy Awards host. Judd Apatow suggested Steve Martin and Martin Short, and for Steve Martin, it would be his fourth time hosting the Oscars after two solo outings in 2001 and 2003 and a co-host with Alec Baldwin in 2010. Spider-Man: No Way Home star Tom Holland has also expressed interest in hosting, and the Academy reportedly reached out to him.
However, Holland isn’t the only star reportedly up for the gig of hosting the Academy Awards. According to Page Six, SNL comedian Pete Davidson is being eyed to host this year’s Oscars and his representatives are reportedly talking with producers. Davidson’s New Year’s Eve special on NBC, which he co-hosted with Miley Cyrus, brought in 6.3 million viewers and that has been a factor in the decision as the Academy is looking for a reset to bring in younger viewers. Sources told Page Six, “He gets a demographic that is hard to get. He is in a good space, his career is doing well and he is on the rise. He is a sex symbol, unlikely, but he is big with a certain generation.”
The news of Pete Davidson being considered to host Academy Awards, along with the recent Tom Holland news, highlights a key strategy for the Academy to draw in younger viewers who have moved away from watching live television in favor of streaming. Last year’s Academy Awards saw the lowest ratings in Oscar telecast history with 9.5 million viewers which was the first time the show dropped under 10 million viewers. Given Davidson’s popularity on SNL, as well as his high profile tabloid dating life he is certainly a high profile choice that likely would draw in a new set of viewers.
However, the bigger obstacle facing the Academy Awards is the viewership of the films nominated. Even last year with all of the nominees available on digital streaming platforms, audience awareness was incredibly low. Combine that with the fact that many of the Oscar frontrunners are smaller films that general audiences may not have heard of or didn’t see in theaters due to concerns of COVID-19, it remains to be seen if audiences will tune into a show celebrating films just for a celebrity host without any knowledge of the films nominated.
Source: Page Six
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