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Jackman Passes as Oscar Host: New Poll

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 30, 2009 at 4:18AM

Hugh Jackman won our Oscar Host Poll hands down. Now that the song-and-dance man has officially passed on hosting this year's Oscarcast, who should it be?
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Thompson on Hollywood

Hugh Jackman won our Oscar Host Poll hands down. Now that the song-and-dance man has officially passed on hosting this year's Oscarcast, who should it be?

It won't be Ricky Gervais; the Academy would NEVER pick up a leftover host from the Golden Globes. While Tony and Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris proved his chops as a stellar musical performer, he resides in theater and TV land. But with musical maven Adam Shankman as co-producer, Patrick Harris could fit the bill. The Academy liked the direction the show took last year. (UPDATE: Despite rumors that Patrick Harris has landed the gig, an Academy spokeswoman says there is no announcement planned.)

The Oscars have relied on TV hosts many times, from Johnny Carson on. But he knew the Hollywood community inside out. He was a member. New York-based TV hosts don't perform as well. Comedy Central's Jon Stewart grabbed mixed reviews. Would Stephen Colbert's peculiar political sensibility work on Oscar night? He can probably do anything. I'd go for him. Who else?

With Jackman out of the running, let's do the Oscar Host Poll again. I've added a few new names, however unlikely, that have cropped up. Let's see who wins this one. New poll on the jump.

Who should host the Oscars?
Ricky Gervais
Neil Patrick Harris
Tina Fey
Steve Martin
Stephen Colbert
Billy Crystal
Robin Williams
Justin Timberlake
Whoopi Goldberg
Jon Stewart
Ellen DeGeneres
Chris Rock
Oprah Winfrey
Steve Carell
Kevin Spacey
George Clooney
Eddie Murphy
  
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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.