Erin Nolan November 3, 2009
So it looks like Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are set to host The Oscars this year. But who should have hosted? Here are five alternative takes to the Baldwin – Martin combo.
Craig Ferguson: When a TV network doesn’t want to work too hard to come up with a host for an awards show, they usually just turn to the most convenient member of their late-night stable. Things didn’t work out too well for Ferguson’s boss David Letterman when he hosted back in 1995 (people are still rolling their eyes over that whole Oprah/Uma bit), but why not give the hilarious Scotsman a chance? He’s the most consistently funny late-night host on network TV, and the most spontaneous — a quality that would certainly benefit the notoriously stuffy Oscars. Plus, he’d probably bring puppets.
Tina Fey: Historically speaking, women have never made the best Oscar hosts. Ellen was forgettable; Whoopi was disastrous. But Tina mocks the world of show business with such wonderful bite on her sitcom, 30 Rock, she’d be sure to bring enough subversive humor to satisfy those who were hoping Gervais would get the job.
Justin Timberlake: Last year, Hugh Jackman earned raves for bringing a sense of good old-fashioned showmanship to the role of Oscar host. If the Academy wanted to continue in this vein, they should’ve turned to Timberlake, a fellow jack-of-all-trades entertainer. JT’s attempt at a movie career may have flopped, but the Emmy he earned last year for hosting SNL proves he’s got enough charisma to keep people entertained through even the longest of television shows.
Andy Samberg: Justin may have seemed like the perfect choice — until you remember that Andy Samberg was the brains behind most of JT’s most memorable SNL moments. Last summer he also presided over the only watchable MTV Movie Awards show this decade. If the Academy wanted to attract a younger generation to the Oscars, this would have been their guy.
Joel McHale: The wonderfully snarky host of E!’s The Soup should be having a break-out year. He’s proven he has the charm to carry a sitcom on NBC’s should-be hit Community. He also made a strong film debut in The Informant! Unfortunately, neither project has been a big hit. Surely America would fall in love with this charasmatic funnyman if they actually saw him in something. Perhaps the best route to go would have been to stick him in something people already watched out of habit?
Now You Decide…
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