Thursday, November 10, 2011


With Eddie Murphy out, my obvious first choice would be Ricky Gervais. Why not? Pluck him away from the Golden Globes. Now, I know this wouldn't actually happen. So let's get more obvious - Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld is the perfect Oscar host. Squeaky clean. Inoffensive. Loved and respected both by the old time traditionalists and the edgy young folks. The guy obviously likes movies. I could see this being his thing for the next 10 years. What else is he doing? The only question is whether Seinfeld is actually up for it. Hosting the Oscars is no easy thing and Seinfeld, creatively, hasn't exactly been at his apex in recent years. But then again, he's just hosting. One thing Seinfeld can bring is confidence and stature. He can stand with the biggest movie stars and directors in the world and feel comfortable. A lot of the newer, first time hosts, I think get nervous and feel unworthy of the task.

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