Former Oscar Host Steve Martin will be teaming up with Alec Baldwin to host the 2010 Oscars ceremony, as it was announced today. As it was previously announced that comedian Ricky Gervais will be hosting the Golden Globe ceremony, today’s announcement means that it is going to be a very funny awards season.
Martin had some great moments in his past stints as the Oscar host and Baldwin has proven his comedy chops on the show “30 Rock” and the many occasions where he hosted “Saturday Night Live.” The two will undoubtedly make a dynamic duo as their tongue-in-cheek styles of comedy should play off each other brilliantly. I’m not sure if either can sing very well, so I’m not sure if we will be treated to the musical numbers that Hugh Jackman did last year (maybe Martin will just play his banjo). However, the jokes will undoubtedly be smart and pointed at their Hollywood peers.
Also, it should be noted that the two will be co-starring in the film It’s Complicated this winter in which they both compete for Meryl Streep’s affection. Here’s hoping that they do a parody during the telecast that features Streep herself.
You can read the press release after the jump. What do you think of these two as hosts?
Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will serve as co-hosts of the 82nd Academy AwardsÂ®, Oscar telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced today.
â€œWe think the team of Steve and Alec are the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars,â€ said Shankman and Mechanic. â€œSteve will bring the experience of having hosted the show in the past and Alec will be a completely fresh personality for this event.â€
â€œI am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin,â€ said Martin.
â€œI donâ€™t play the banjo but Iâ€™m thrilled to be hosting the Oscars â€“ itâ€™s the opportunity of a lifetime,â€ said Baldwin.
Martin hosted the 73rd and 75th Academy Awards shows, earning an Emmy nomination for the first stint. He has also served as a presenter on the show several times, most recently at the ceremony in February when he appeared with Tina Fey. He is currently touring with the bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers in support of his latest album â€œThe Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo.â€ In 1977 and 1978 Martin won Grammys for Best Comedy Recording. He earned a third Grammy in 2001 in the Best Country Instrumental Performance category. In 2007 Martin earned a Kennedy Center Honor.
Baldwin was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for his supporting role in â€œThe Cooler.â€ That year also marked his most recent appearance as a presenter on the show. Baldwin currently stars as Jack Donaghy on the comedy â€œ30 Rock,â€ a role for which he has won two Emmys (in 2008 and 2009). Baldwin earned a Tony nomination in 1992 for his performance in â€œA Streetcar Named Desire.â€
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland CenterÂ®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
[Source: Alternative Film Guide]