While you can continue to debate the merits of Sunday night's Oscars hosted by Seth MacFarlane -- as we did, breaking down the best/worst aspects, the snubs, how to improve the show, analyzed the winners and more -- the bottom line is the Academy got what they wanted by hiring the edgy, younger-skewing, "Family Guy" creator. The ratings for the show were up in 2013 with 40.3 million viewers tuning in, the highest figure since 41.3 million turned on their televisions to see if "Avatar" would win Best Picture. (It didn't.) Anyway, if the Academy wants to go with the same gameplan next year, they'll have to find someone else.
MacFarlane took to Twitter late last night, and when asked if he would host the Oscars again, he said: "No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though." Considering he pretty much exhausted the repetoire of comedy he's known for (button pushing repetitiveness, while occasionally crossing the line) and indulging in his love of musicals to an almost tedious degree, we'd reckon he accomplished everything he wanted to do, for better or worse. And with many perceiving his stint as sexist and possibly misogynistic, perhaps it's a good thing he's taken himself out of the mix.
So who could possibly replace him? Last summer, we suggested some possible hosts for this year's ceremony, so we borrowed from there and added a couple. We're assuming that Academy will want to skew young again, and go with a fresh face over some like Billy Crystal, so here's who we think they should be putting on speed dial. Suggestions of your own? Tell us below.
The actor has practically done two auditions for this already, hosting two successful stints on "Saturday Night Live" that showed him to be funny, engaging and immensely charming. His "Make 'Em Laugh" number from his first time out in 2009 is still a massive highlight, and it was no surprise to see him on stage on Sunday once again showing his dancing skills. He'd bring both class and charm to the proceedings, without dipping into the more tasteless corners MacFarlane went to. Moreover, he'd easily court that crucial younger demographic no matter what films -- arthouse or blockbuster -- are nominated.
Amy Poehler/Tina Fey or Will Ferrell/Kristin Wiig
After they kept things lively at the Golden Globes this year, the talk/wishing that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey get the Oscar gig started almost immediately. And it's hard to argue with that. The pair share great chemistry and are able to poke fun at themselves, as much as the celebrities in attendance (something MacFarlane should have learned). Moreover, especially in a year when an extended gag revolved around seeing breasts, it might be worthwhile for the Academy to make some amends and let the fresh voice(s) of a woman guide the Oscars. On the same spectrum, one of the highlights of the Golden Globes was Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig presenting Best Actress In A Comedy Or Musical. Again, they had no problem making themselves the center of the joke, and given their taut improv skills, they would be able to roll with anything that might happen during Oscar night.