Oscar host? How about someone new?
Last year, we learned on Nov. 3 that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were going to host the Oscars together. Right now we don’t know who’ll spearhead the next telecast, even though it takes place a week earlier than this year’s did. Mike Fleming at Deadline.com reported over the weekend that Hugh Jackman, who hosted in 2009, was asked to do so again but turned it down. I’d imagine telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer are considering some other old standbys — Billy Crystal, maybe, or Whoopi Goldberg — for the gig. But wouldn’t it be cool if they went with someone who’s never hosted the Oscars before? We all admire Neil Patrick Harris’ MC skills; why not let him tackle the biggest show there is? I’ll never forget Oprah Winfrey’s moving speech at the telecast a few years back; wouldn’t she be fantastic as host? And of course Ricky Gervais brings down the house whenever he does an awards-show bit.
Which Oscar newbie would you most like to see host next year’s show? Or do you think someone tried and true should take it on? Cast your vote below.