Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Oscar Watch: 10 Possible Hosts For The Next Academy Awards

by Oliver Lyttelton
August 15, 2012 12:03 PM
  • |

3. Steve Carell
Why He Could Do It: In many ways, Steve Carell is something of a successor to Hanks; making his name with comedy before showing his range with straighter roles. The actor has been good value in some of his presenting appearances so far, and is generally beloved in Hollywood. Plus, as a veteran of Second City, he has plenty of experience with a live show like this.
Why He Might Not: Carell is at a bit of a crossroads of his career: some of his recent films ("Dinner For Schmucks," "Seeking a Friend at the End of the World") underperformed, and he's still looking to cement his movie career after exiting "The Office." He's also got a big year coming up in 2013 with a "Despicable Me" sequel, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," "Anchorman 2" and Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" -- the filming of the latter two could well be a scheduling problem -- so he may not have the calendar space available. Furthermore, his comic persona is a little more off-kilter than someone like Hanks -- would a ceremony hosted by Carell end up feeling like the Dundies?

4. Robert Downey Jr.
Why He Could Do It
: The king of the comeback, Robert Downey Jr. has become, in the last few years, one of the most popular movie stars on the planet. After "The Avengers," he's bigger than ever, and a Downey Jr.-hosted show would be sure to bring in a younger audience. He's been behind some of the highlights of ceremonies in recent years (particularly his double-act with Tina Fey), and in theory, should be able to joke it up, and yet bring some gravitas in for the serious moments. Right now, he's got nothing firm on the calendar after "Iron Man 3" so he might have some time.
Why He Might Not: RDJ's persona has come closer and closer to Tony Stark's in recent years, and his bit with Gwyneth Paltrow last year was more smug than entertaining. Does he really have the right kind of warm and fuzzy feel for the Academy? He's not exactly Billy Crystal.

5. Craig Ferguson
Why He Could Do It: It's clear from the Jimmy Fallon talks that the Academy isn't necessarily leaning towards movie stars, and if they go into the late night world, they're unlikely to go with David Letterman again, Jay Leno seems too milquetoast even for the Academy, and Jimmy Kimmel (the natural choice, given that he's on ABC) has been ruled out because he's hosting the Emmys this September. As such, the obvious candidate would seem to be Craig Ferguson. In many ways, the Scottish actor/comedian is a better fit than his late night rivals: he's a well established actor (most recently voicing a part in "Brave"), he's able to turn on a sixpence from gags to more serious moments, and he's got both an old school chance and a younger following.
Why He Might Not: If ABC weren't willing to let Fallon, who hosts a rival show on NBC, host the awards, we can't see why they'd change their minds for Ferguson, so the chances of this happening are very slim. Maybe the Disney connection through "Brave" would warm them up to the idea, but it still feels unlikely to happen (and the same goes for Conan O'Brien, for that matter).

6. Amy Adams
Why She Could Do It: Adams has quietly become not just an Academy favorite (three nominations in seven years), but also something of an A-list star, leading big hits as diverse as "Enchanted," "Julie & Julia" and "The Fighter." She's got comic skills, can pull off a bit of a song and dance (her performance from "Enchanted" a few years back was a charmer), but could handle the more somber moments too.
Why She Might Not: Adams looks like a serious Supporting Actress contender for "The Master," and might well figure into the race for "Trouble with the Curve" as well, so there'd be a bit of a conflict there. Furthermore, there's not much precedent for an actress hosting solo; they've either been part of a double act, like Anne Hathaway, or an established comic presence like Whoopi Goldberg or Ellen DeGeneres. Co-hosting with someone like Jason Segel might ease the minds of ABC suits, but he's likely to be tied up on "How I Met Your Mother." Plus, Adams may be filming David O. Russell's latest film in the spring, which would count her out.

Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    


  • FAN JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE | September 22, 2012 10:41 AMReply

    Justin Timberlake to host oscar 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nara | September 20, 2012 7:49 AMReply

    EMMA STONE! and I agree about pairing her up with an older co-host.. Like Colin Firth! Would be awesome!

  • Chris | August 18, 2012 7:11 PMReply

    I want Triumph the Insult Dog to host the Oscars.

  • cadavra | August 15, 2012 5:00 PMReply

    He won't bring in "the kids," but Nathan Lane has hosted the Tonys a couple of times and is funny, charming-yet-edgy and incredibly quick on his feet. But in The Real World, yeah, my pick would be Ferguson.

  • caro | August 15, 2012 4:32 PMReply

    no host!

  • simon | August 15, 2012 4:12 PMReply

    Jon Hamm !! Perfect choice for me...universal appeal...both from the younger generation and the older one. Also, great when he's hosting SNL...great witt and comic timing. Lots of presence and prestige....also very respected by his peers...could bring out some colleagues he worked multiple time with !
    FOR A DUO OF HOST : Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm

  • Simon | August 15, 2012 4:13 PM

    Sorry for my english spelling mistake...i'm french

  • Wes | August 15, 2012 3:08 PMReply

    Anybody but Ferguson! But really, I want Adams to do it! I'm in love with her.

  • NPB | August 15, 2012 2:59 PMReply

    I'd like Bryan Cranston to do it, or at least be part of the show. As much as I like JGL, any time he does a presenting or hosting job, he always appears high (and most likely is) and I think that might get a bit tedious with a long show like this!

  • Tina | August 15, 2012 2:41 PMReply

    Is Anne Hathaway blamed because she's a woman? The last time I checked, Anne gave the show much energy it needed, while her co-host looked intoxicated the entire night and wasn't present. So, why is she being blamed for everything?

  • sp | August 15, 2012 2:25 PMReply

    I will watch Albert Brooks do anything. He is brilliant. I am still mad he wasn't nominated for " Drive." Sadly, the very overrated Jonah Hill took his place.

  • JTM | August 15, 2012 3:08 PM

    Albert Brooks !!! Yes !!! He has a sort of "Bob Hope" quality ... I bet he could host year after year and be great.

  • Tim | August 15, 2012 2:19 PMReply

    I don't understand why Anne Hathaway is blamed for hosting the Oscars. She was dealing with a comatose Co-host, bad writing, and a hideously produced show. She gave the show the energy that it needed. Hugh Jackman & Hathaway were magic together when he hosted the Oscars. They have great chemistry and wonderful comedic timing- plus they are live performers.

    Please, no , overrated Emma Stone. Trust me, Emma will give the same over-the -top deer in headlights look. What is Playlist fascination with the limited Stone ? She is likable, but that is it.

  • Jack | August 15, 2012 2:00 PMReply

    Larry David, Will Ferrell, Louis CK, Robert Downey Jr., Kevin Spacey, Stephen Colbert, Ben Stiller, Albert Brooks, Conan O'Brien, Jim Carrey.

    There's so many that could be good, but I want a really great host. How about Lars von Trier? LOL

  • Wes | August 15, 2012 3:09 PM


  • Zack | August 15, 2012 2:18 PM

    Oh my God, CK would be fantastic. It'll never happen, not from an institution that thinks Chris Rock turned out too edgy, but it would still be one for the books.

  • Eoin Daly | August 15, 2012 1:29 PMReply

    Amy Adams would be cool especially if the supporting actress race pans out like we think it will they should try get Anne Hathaway to co-host, could you imagine the comic gold if both loose or one wins. I don't think Anne will host again but she could also co-host with Hugh Jackman and we could get some great duets. All I'm saying is Anne was a good host but it was Franco that ruined that show.

  • Tom | August 15, 2012 1:06 PMReply

    I agree with Amanda that Robert Osbourne would be a good choice. Also pretty much anyone on Playlist's list except for the Apatow players, Adams and Jackman. The latter two are big contenders for nominations this year. It was too awkward when Franco was nominated and a host (but that was the least of his problems).

  • Christian | August 15, 2012 12:51 PMReply

    Craig Ferguson is awesome, but I don't think he fits what the academy would look for. JGL Emma Stone combo would be good. JGL has personality unlike Franco. If you've seen him host the hit record events he does a great job. Plus he has an endless amount of celebrity friends to help out. Emma Stone is like the definition of a great personality. I still think Colbert, and John Stewart would be awesome! I don't really watch their shows, but whenever they're on an awards show they steal the show every time.

  • BEF | August 15, 2012 12:47 PMReply

    Kevin Spacey & Tina Fey
    Louis CK because why not?

  • BEF | August 15, 2012 12:48 PM

    Separate ideas.

  • Arch | August 15, 2012 12:27 PMReply

    I really don't see why Craig Ferguson doesn't have the job already. It's a no-brainer here, he is the one.

  • Amanda | August 15, 2012 12:20 PMReply

    I say get Robert Osbourne from TCM to do it. Yeah yeah it wouldn't bring in young people, but Im tired of trying to please the younger audience let them have the mtv awards. Osbourne knows everything about movies and it would be a least an interesting and informative awards show.

Email Updates