New Host and No Jokes at the Oscars This Year?
Even though I could've sworn I remember hearing that Jon Stewart would be back, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hasn't yet officially announced the host for this year's Oscars. However, Hollywood insider Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood has learned that they're choosing "way outside the box" and going with a non-comedian and non-TV personality this year, although it will be someone from the movie business. Finke also reports that they won't have the "traditional segment of joke-telling near the start of the broadcast." It looks like the Academy is really trying to reshape the Oscars this year.
If all goes as planned, the official announcement could arrive as early as next week. Since 1940 the Oscars have been typically hosted by a TV personality or comedian the likes of Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, or Whoopi Goldberg. I'll be very interested to see who they choose this year, as I'm guessing it might be someone young, since the Academy is trying to boost their ratings and gain viewers again. They've already approved running new trailers during commercial breaks and are probably going to nominate Kirk Lazarus, so why not switch up the act and choose a hip young non-comedian host this year?
I, for one, was never a big fan of the jokes, even though I admit I usually chuckle at a few. Obviously it depends on who is delivering them, and I thought Jon Stewart did a great job last year. Not only was he smart and professional, but added a light touch of comedy that made some awkward moments work out in the end. But will it make all the difference? Will viewers tune in knowing that they're going to see an Oscars telecast without the typical jokes? It all depends on who they get to host the show, but then again, I'm guessing it'll be someone young with a lot of appeal. Only time will tell! Will you still tune in?