Deadline is reporting that Oscar telecast executive producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer approached Hugh Jackman to host the 83rd Annual Oscar ceremony. The talented song and dance man hosted the 81st Oscars with great success with many calling him one of the best hosts the telecast has had in years. That success will not be repeated in 2011, however, as Jackman has turned down the hosting gig due to prior commitments with the filming of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel.
The announcement of who will host the Oscars should definitely be imminent as the ceremony edges continually closer. Will the producers seek out another singer/actor like Jackman or will they go for the usual comedian? Here are my selections for five potential Oscar hosts that would shake up the prestigious ceremony:
It is unlikely that this foul-mouthed comedian will be hosting the Oscars ceremony because he is already booked for another round of the Golden Globes. However, Ricky Gervais’ sense of humor would make the typical audience reaction shots even more hilarious as the celebrities squirm at the awkwardness. Gervais does not pull any punches when it comes to making jokes at the expense of powerful celebrities and he is exactly the type of host the Oscar ceremony needs.
Most people are familiar with Galifianakis’ recent film roles in The Hangover and Due Date, but his real brilliance is in his stand-up routines. Galifianakis is an admitted celebrity hater (see his special “Live at the Purple Onion”), which could make for some hilarious improvised back and forth dialogue as Zach comically insults a pretentious star. Most of his humor is self-deprecating and his one-liners would be the highlight of the self-congratulatory ceremony.
If the producers are still looking for someone who has name recognition and the ability to sing and dance, Neil Patrick Harris seems like an obvious alternative to Hugh Jackman. His musical opening was one of the best parts of last year’s Oscars and he already has Awards ceremony hosting experience from the 2009 Tonys. Although their may be some scheduling conflicts as NPH is also currently working on another sequel: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas.
There is no television show that is currently more anticipated than Coco’s new late night talk show “Conan.” A lot of the Hollywood audience came out in open support of Conan when he was fired from “The Tonight Show” and he would likely get a great reception. Conan has excellent stage presence and is one of the most creative television personalities in the industry. A Conan-hosted Oscars would likely be different than any we’ve seen previously – different in a good way.
Another good choice for a host who can do the singing and dancing that Jackman did so well would be boy band heartthrob turned serious actor Justin Timberlake. Timberlake appears in one of the films that is going to be all over this year’s Oscars so his selection would be a conscience nod to the 2010 year in film. While his supporting turn in The Social Network may not score him an Oscar nomination, it should at least earn him enough cred to become a potential host.
Who would be your choice to host the 83rd Annual Oscar ceremony?