Even though the comedian still thinks 'awards are stupid'
The Critics’ Choice Awards are in for a wild, unpredictable ride… again. EW can exclusively reveal that T.J. Miller will be hosting the television and film awards show for his second year in a row.
“You know, we did really well last year,” Miller tells EW. “Everything is affected by the idea of either bettering what we did last year or matching it, or trying to go a completely different route. That’s at the forefront of my mind.”
At the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards, which took place at the beginning of 2016, Miller imbued the ceremony with a sense of wackiness, delivering his opening monologue attached to four life-sized puppets. (“We can only afford three this year,” he jokes.) There, he learned that keeping the show from running long can be a struggle after one of his favorite bits was cut short.
“I think we all watch the Academy Awards and we’re like ‘Why is this so long?’ Last year I learned you’ve got to really balance: You want laughs, you want people at home to be engaged, but you cannot add seven more minutes to the show just because you have a funny idea,” he says. “I really, really wanted this Yogi Bear 3D magic trick bit [last year]. It was one of the funniest things I’ve thought of in my life, but it would’ve made the show go 10 minutes over.”
Even before his hosting gig earlier in 2016, Miller had already made a name for himself on the Critics’ Choice stage. Back in 2015, he won the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series award for his role as the narcissistic tech investor Erlich Bachman on Silicon Valley. In his acceptance speech, Miller actually poked fun at the idea of awards shows, saying, “I would say that awards are for children because children need a tangible representation of their achievement.” When he was offered his first hosting gig afterwards, he thought it was a prank.
“When they called me and said, ‘Do you want to host the awards show?’ I thought my managers were joking,” Miller recalls. “It was this strange moment of, ‘You’ve got to be kidding right? Did you see how irreverent and dumb my speech was?’ And they said that’s exactly what they want.”
It was the perfect fit for Miller, who says he couldn’t see himself hosting an awards show that takes itself too seriously.
“I don’t know that I would host the Golden Globes or the Emmys because I don’t think they have the appreciation for irreverence that the Critics’ Choice does,” Miller said. “I’ve been blown away by how much A&E has been open to absolutely defying the idea of a coherent awards show in favor of just being funny, which is all I care about.”
But although he is now a two-time awards show host, Miller still doesn’t personally see any value in winning awards. In fact, the comedian describes his dream of hosting an awards show in which he is nominated for an award, and then loses.
“There’s nothing I would love more than to host an awards show where I’m nominated for an award — that is so funny to me,” Miller says. “My [2015 acceptance] speech was very real, I think awards are stupid — there’s no part of me that’s pining for an Emmy. What would be amazing is if I lose or win, and I would prefer to lose, because that would make the show funnier. I would like to lose because that would make a great moment — imagine if you were nominated for something and lost and hosted the rest of the show. It’s f—ing hysterical. Oh God, can you imagine being like, ‘Well, alright I guess I walk out here, act like I don’t give a sh—, when I would rather be at home crying.’ That is so perfect. So I hope that will happen, we’ll see.”
Fans will have to wait and see if Miller is nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award again this year, and then tune in to see if his hopes of losing are fulfilled when the show airs Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on A&E.