Hugh Jackman to host Oscars

Forget Ricky GervaisThe Academy reportedly wants 2008 Sexiest Man Alive Hugh Jackman to host the Oscars.

UPDATE: It’s official. Hugh Jackman is the host of the 81st Academy Awards. I’m wicked excited for this.

OMG! I love it!

This is something that has been in the back of my mind for a while. Why? I have fond memories from when Jackman hosted the Tony Awards from 2003 to 2005.

Check out this clip from 2004.

This could be the best idea the Academy has ever had. After all the Academy Awards worked so much better when Bob Hope was host.

Ricky Gervais to host the Oscars?

Apparently Oscar bosses Laurence Mark and Bill Condon were so impressed with Gervais’ bit at Sunday’s Emmy Awards (my favorite part of the show) that comedian has already been tapped to host the 2009 Academy Awards.

According to EW.com – “The buzz around town is that Ricky should host the Oscars.”

I think my heart just skipped about five beats.

But not everyone is excited about this news. Well just the Brits. Here’s an excerpt from The Guardian:

Don’t these Hollywood people know that the Guardian announced that Ricky Gervais was over a whole year ago after his not entirely successful linking sting at the concert for Diana ? Do they think they know more about the entertainment industry than a few bitter Brits who pass the time when they’re not getting bitter about other people’s success by cycling through red lights to get to the travel agent before it shuts so they can book a five-star eco-holiday in Belize? Hmm? Eh?

Um. Because there is a little thing called ratings and that’s what matters most to the Oscars bosses. If Ricky Gervais can bring in a larger audience in a time when televised award shows are losing audiences faster than that time the economy tanked, then he’ll host the Oscars.

Jon Stewart to Host the Oscars: Round Two

Jon Stewart is back, hosting the Academy Awards for a second time.


Excuse me if I’m not overly ecstatic. In fact, I’m just “eh”. For one, it doesn’t make me any more or less excited for the Oscars.

Just because I don’t really care, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. I can guarantee that with Jon Stewart hosting, it will be a quality, entertaining event.

Usually the Oscar host doesn’t make a difference to the Oscar telecast.

Especially this year, because all the hoopla surrounding the Oscars is not going to be about the host, the movies nominated, the stars in attendance, or E!’s shitty red carpet with Ryan Seacrest.

It’s the 80th Annual Academy Awards, and that is what most people are going to care about.

And The Oscars Host Is….

Ellen Degeneres!


Ellen DeGeneres set to host Oscars
Fri Sep 8, 2006 3:16 AM BST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who won acclaim for her smooth hosting of the Emmy Awards shortly after the September 11 attacks, will host the Academy Awards next year, organizers said on Thursday.

In a statement, DeGeneres said she was “thrilled,” because hosting the Oscars was one of her life’s ambitions. The 79th annual ceremony will be held in Hollywood on February 25.

DeGeneres, 48, becomes the first woman to take on the high-profile job since 2002, when Whoopi Goldberg hosted for a fourth time. Jon Stewart did the honours this year.

In addition to hosting the Emmy Awards, the highest honours for television, DeGeneres has also hosted the music industry’s Grammy Awards. Her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is in its fourth season.

In the 1990s, she starred in the sitcom Ellen, in which her character revealed her homosexuality at the same time as DeGeneres did in personal life.
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Good choice? Bad choice? I’m not quite sure. Ellen DeGeneres absolutely has the capabilit.y to host an entertaining award show. But really viewership depends greatly on the nominated pictures not the host.

Jon Stewart to Host Oscars

from NY Times  by Sharon Waxman

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5 – Billy Crystal was on tour. Steve Martinwas prepping a movie. Whoopi – we’re really not too sure what’s up with her.

So in an act of either pure inspiration or complete desperation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences has asked Jon Stewart, host of a popular fake news program on Comedy Central, to host the movie industry’s most prestigious event, the Academy Awards ceremony.

Mr. Stewart, 43, was appropriately humbled by the invitation. “As an avid watcher of the Oscars,” he dead-panned in a statement, “I can’t help but be a little disappointed with the choice.”

Gil Cates, the producer of the Oscar telecast, which will air on March 5, said in a statement: “I’m very excited,” adding that Mr. Stewart “is a superb choice witty, current, intelligent and charming.”

Mr. Stewart is also young and hip, something the Oscars has been striving to achieve in an environment of declining ratings for award shows. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has won Emmy and Peabody awards for Mr. Stewart’s politically-barbed, too-close-for-comfort satire, which also spawned a best-seller, America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide To Democracy Inaction.

The host is a constant critic of the Bush administration and its decision to go to war in Iraq, and his program has become a central stop on the political media circuit for both right and left-wingers, a sign that this year’s Oscar telecast might well include anti-Bush political humor. […]

Last year the Oscars looked to shake up their sagging telecast by having the irreverent comedian Chris Rock play host. But some Academy members found Mr. Rock, who took several jabs at President Bush, too irreverent toward the movie industry.


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I love Jon Stewart and he is an excellent choice for Oscars host. Chris Rock was too much for often stuffy Academy members to handle; Billy Crystal doesn’t appeal to the younger generations as much (although I like jim). Jon Stewart is a great choice. This year’s telecast should be (crosses fingers) be a good one. The best movies plus a great host equals one awesome night.