Wanda Sykes has said that she and her co-hosts at the Oscars are “not going to smack anyone in the trash” at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
The US actress, along with fellow comedians Amy Schumer and Regina Hall, want “everyone to have a good time” as Sunday’s ceremony returns to its traditional in-person format for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.
The trio make history as the first all-female line-up to take on hosting duties.
The awards show hosts are notorious for hitting the numerous famous faces that gather to be celebrated. But Ice Age star Sykes insisted, “None of us are mean.”
Her promise came even though Humans actress Schumer joked on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she would spend the evening “grilling” best actor nominee Javier Bardem.
Schumer told DeGeneres she was “not nervous” but “excited” about the hosting — despite having trouble sleeping in the run-up to the show.
She said a career in stand-up comedy made her “lose that fear” and she’s “excited” to host the awards.
“I’m not nervous because I think that’s what stand-up does to you. It’s going so bad that you just lose that fear,” she said.
Ahead of the awards ceremony, excitement is building in Hollywood, with Jenna Coleman, Winnie Harlow, Kate Beckinsale and Amanda Seyfried among the stars showing off their style at a party hosted by Vanity Fair and Lancôme ahead of the awards ceremony.
The 94th Academy Awards, broadcast live from the Dolby Theater from 1am Irish time, is stirring controversy again.
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Awards producer Will Packer was forced to defend a decision to tape the presentation of eight awards – including documentary, film editing and make-up/hairstyling – before the official live ceremony for later editing on the television show.
Karol Urban, president of the Cinema Audio Society, said the move would “shatter the filmmaking community” by “keeping invisible art invisible”.
Sunday’s ceremony is expected to feature acts of “solidarity” and protests, during which guild members may wear their pins upside down and honorees may receive their trophies upside down.
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https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/movie-news/were-not-going-to-trash-anyone-hosting-trios-vow-as-oscars-ceremony-returns-in-person-41487432.html ‘We’re not going to trash anyone’: Trio vows hosted as Oscars ceremony in-person returns