Now that super-producer Brian Grazer has been named as a producer of this season’s Academy Awards telecast, the obvious question is: Who will he get to host? Oftentimes telecast producers reach out to performers they’ve worked with in the past. So who are the most host-worthy FOBs (Friends of Brian)? Let’s take a look:
Tom Hanks: The two-time Best Actor winner has collaborated with Grazer on four feature films (Splash, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, and Angels and Demons) as well as the mini-series From the Earth to the Moon. He’s a respected Hollywood elder statesman who’s never hosted the Oscars. Hanks might not offer the most irreverent comedy but he’d certainly be a smooth emcee. And he’s a costar in one of this year’s potential awards contenders, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
Steve Martin: The former telecast cohost has also made four films with Grazer (Parenthood, Bowfinger, Housesitter, and Sgt. Bilko). Not everyone loved him when he took the stage with Alec Baldwin, but I, like many others, would always be happy to see him up there.
Jim Carrey: After doing three films with Grazer (Liar Liar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Fun With Dick and Jane), the comedian certainly has a rapport with the producer. But his heyday was nearly a decade ago. Maybe they could get Carrey’s crush Emma Stone to cohost!
Jason Bateman: Grazer was an exec producer on Bateman’s comeback vehicle, Arrested Development, and is currently producing the upcoming film version. Wouldn’t he be a phenomenal master of ceremonies? We can dream!
Russell Crowe: The past Oscar winner has also starred in four Grazer-produced films (A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, American Gangster, and Robin Hood). I’ve been around him when he’s been perfectly charming, but somehow I doubt he’d tolerate the glad-handing that an Oscar host would have to do.
Eddie Murphy: Oh, that’s right — he just quit. But wait: Murphy and Grazer have made no fewer than six movies together, as far back as 1992’s Boomerang and as recently as this month’s Tower Heist. Could Grazer save the day and woo Murphy back? If anyone has miraculous powers of persuasion, it’s Grazer.
Also check out our Popwatch poll where we asked you who should take the high-profile gig.
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