By Josh Rottenberg
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES -- For the first time since 2018, Hollywood's biggest night will have an emcee.
During ABC's virtual presentation at the Television Critics Association's press tour on Tuesday, Craig Erwich, the president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, revealed that the Academy Awards, slated for March 27, will once again have a host after going without for the past three ceremonies.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The academy will no doubt be looking for a star who can help goose the show's flagging ratings, which reached an all-time low in 2021, and one who -- unlike comedian Kevin Hart, who dropped out of hosting in 2019 amid a firestorm over past homophobic tweets -- will not stir up any unwelcome controversy.
Recent speculation has centered on "Spider-Man: No Way Home" star Tom Holland, who anchored the year's biggest box office success in what was otherwise a dismal year for Hollywood and who has expressed his openness to tackle what is often considered a thankless gig.