And the Academy Awards Hosting Gig Goes to…
Kevin Hart recently announced he was stepping down as the host of this year’s Oscars following controversy surrounding some of his previous comments and tweets that were deemed homophobic:
I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
In response, the Academy is now scrambling to find a replacement host on such short notice. While lists of potential celebrity substitutes have been circulating on multiple major news outlets, with Variety even reporting that the Academy might “not having any host at all, but rather “a bunch of huge celebs, something ‘SNL’ style, and buzzy people” to keep the show moving”, we decided we would jump in and rank performers who seem like ideal candidates to host the Academy Awards. We’re excluding any bears from this list, so, sadly, no Paddington and if the Academy does decide to go host-less, there’s always next near for these picks!
5: Nick Kroll & John Mulaney
Kroll and Mulaney are another package deal, most notably creating the elderly duo of George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon. In December 2018, it was announced on “The Oh, Hello Show’s” Twitter account that Kroll and Mulaney had been asked to host the Oscars and that they accepted. Although this post was later revealed to be a hoax, the Academy should seriously consider these two jokers as headliners. They’ve previously proven their ability to carry an award show, hilariously hosting the Independent Spirit Awards two years in a row. The idea of them hosting the Oscars was praised as “a stroke of genius” by Chris Pratt and he’s not the only one who thinks so.
4: Billy Eichner
While not as well-known as some of the other names on this list, chances are you’ve seen this dynamically eccentric comedian on TV or online. Maybe he even ran up to you on the street to yell at you about pop culture. We can all agree that Eichner’s sassy delivery and willingness to ask brutal questions is a recipe for comedy gold. Whereas most award show hosts try to be unbiased, Eichner is famous for being critical and opinionated, exactly why he would be such a fun fit for the Oscars. We could totally see Billy throwing a fit about all the movies that were snubbed and fanboying in the presence of Meryl Streep.
3: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Kevin Hart stepped down as the 2019 Academy Awards host in the midst of controversy, but he’s not the only “Jumanji” star qualified for the job. The Rock wouldn’t feel out of place at the Oscars, seeing how he previously co-hosted the 2016 MTV Movie Awards with Hart. He’s also captivated crowds as a host on “SNL” and innumerable WWE events. Since the Academy is constantly being pushed to appeal to a wider demographic, why not enlist one of the world’s biggest box office stars? Plus, if Johnson ever actually runs for the President of the United States, there isn’t a better platform to announce his candidacy than on the Oscars stage, right?
2: Tiffany Haddish
Considered by many to be 2017’s breakthrough star, Haddish stole the show in “Girls Trip.” Since then, she’s taken on hosting duties at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards and “SNL,” and the latter won her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Haddish announced the the 2018 Oscar nominations with Andy Serkis and even presented a couple of awards that year alongside Maya Rudolph, cracking up audiences on both occasions. Naturally, asking Haddish to host the Oscars is the next logical step. Just don’t ask her to make a ton of costume changes because Haddish wants to get as much use out of her Alexander McQueen dress as possible.
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Also, take a look at our list of early Oscars contending films you need to see before the big day in February!