With the conclusion of this year’s Academy Awards, the long, arduous awards season is finally over — which means that it’s already time to start speculating about next year.
Jimmy Kimmel made his Oscar debut this weekend as the host of this year’s ceremony, bringing plenty of highs (his Matt Damon feud), lows (that tour bus bit), and major surprises (that Best Picture mix-up!!!!). Thanks to that shocking final moment between La La Land and Moonlight, the 89th annual Academy Awards will surely go down in the Hollywood history books, but it’s never too early to start thinking about what next year’s show might look like.
We rounded up a few of our favorite contenders, from this year’s standout presenters to wickedly funny late night hosts. Check out our picks, and vote for your favorite potential host below.
The Saturday Night Live star delivered some of the funniest moments of the night when she took to the stage with Jason Bateman to present Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Costume Design. “Makeup is the art of ending an argument,” she declared. “When you are about to get a divorce, and you don’t, that is makeup.” If that was her audition for a future hosting gig, we’re all in.
The Oscars love a song-and-dance man, and the Hamilton creator/Moana songwriter/almost-EGOT winner definitely fits the bill. (Plus, he loooooooves the Oscars.) Miranda has said that hosting “is not a thing I would ever want to do,” but maybe that could change? Fingers crossed?
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
Longtime BFFs Matt and Ben presented the award for Best Original Screenplay, 19 years after they won the same trophy for Good Will Hunting. For the 20th anniversary, maybe they should bring their bromance back to the Dolby Theatre and host. Besides, Kimmel already got his chance to roast Damon. Give Matt a turn.
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney
One night before the Oscars, the Oh, Hello stars hosted this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards, delivering rapid-fire zingers about everyone from Casey Affleck to Steve Bannon. The Oscars could use two hosts with a little bit of bite.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele
Peele just released his box office smash Get Out, while Key is busy starring in Shane Black’s The Predator, but they have a history of doing pitch-perfect pop culture parodies. We’d love to see the comedic duo reunite at the Dolby Theatre.
The Late Show comedian has everything a good Oscar host needs — charm, wit, song-and-dance skills. He’s already on board to host the Emmys later this year, but we’d love to see him take a crack at the Academy Awards, too. (Seeing as ABC has the exclusive contract on airing the Academy Awards until 2028, it’s unlikely that they would hire the CBS funnyman. But hey, we can still dream.)
Speaking of late-night hosts, why not hire one of the sharpest, smartest, and funniest hosts on air? Since launching her own show Full Frontal, Samantha Bee has proven time and time again that she’s not afraid to take shots at all the stupid things happening in Washington, D.C. Imagine how she’d take on the Oscars.
The Parks and Rec alum is an accomplished writer, a talented stand-up comic, and a devoted pop culture fan. How has he not hosted a major awards show yet?
Sure, she probably has better things to do, but Meryl earned some of the most enthusiastic applause when Kimmel singled her out during his monologue. She already has more Oscar nominations than any other actor, so why not add “Oscar host” to her résumé? Besides, imagine how Donald Trump would react.
The littlest star of the Oscar-nominated Lion stole the show — and the audience’s hearts. The 8-year-old Pawar, who stars as the young Saroo Brierley, rocked the red carpet — those shoes! — and even reenacted a Lion King scene with Kimmel. He’s charming enough to carry an entire awards show by himself.
This year’s host closed out the show by joking that his first Oscar appearance would also be his last, especially after the Best Picture announcement snafu. “I knew I would screw this show up, I really did,” Kimmel told the audience. “Thank you for watching. I’m back to work tomorrow night on my regular show. I promise I’ll never come back.” Still, we hope he does come back! Mix-ups aside, Kimmel proved himself a charming host.
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty
Cast your vote for next year’s Oscar host below.