If you’re one to usually give movie awards season a pass, you might want to change your mind this year: out icon Wanda Sykes has been named co-host of this year’s Oscar Awards!
Sykes will co-host the 94th annual Academy Awards ceremony along with fellow performers Regina Hall and Amy Schumer. Good Morning America shared the news Tuesday morning, along with a video announcement from Schumer.
“Good morning, America. I’m not sure who thought this was a good idea, but I am hosting the Oscars along with my good friend Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall,” Schumer said. “I’d better go watch some movies.”
This year’s ceremony will be the first to feature a host since 2018, and the first time in 35 years that the ceremony has featured three hosts – and the first time that all three hosts are women.
Sykes posted a video teaser of this year’s ceremonies on her Instagram account, telling fans, “See you on March 27! #oscars.”
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Sykes isn’t the only out woman the Oscars has gifted us with this year. Kristen Stewart is in the running for Best Actress for her portrayal of Princess Diana in the movie “Spencer.” And Ariana DeBose has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role as Anita in “West Side Story.”
Although the specifics of this year’s Oscar ceremony are still in the works, Deadline reports that Sykes, Hall, and Schumer will likely be responsible for independently hosting one segment of the broadcast each.
The 94th Academy Awards will air March 27 on ABC.