Hugh Jackman Not Returning to Host the Oscars - Who Should?
by Alex Billington
October 30, 2009
Aw shucks! Variety is reporting that Hugh Jackman "quietly turned down the job within the past few weeks." There was much speculation that the Academy might bring back Jackman to host the Oscars once again next March, but that's no longer the case. Last year's presentation was like nothing we've ever seen the Academy do before, with musical numbers and cardboard sets and duets with Anne Hathaway. I enjoyed it, I liked Jackman as the host, now they just need to live up to that or perhaps even improve more this time. So if Jackman is out, who should they pick to host the Oscars? And it can't be another comedian! Or can it?
If they're going to stick with a similar structure this time, they'll need someone who can sing and dance, which rules out just about every comedian who's hosted the Oscars before (except maybe Billy Crystal?). Jeff Wells on Hollywood Elsewhere thinks they need to go younger - Ben Stiller or Owen Wilson or maybe even Sarah Silverman or Vince Vaughn. Nice suggestions all around. My mind immediately jumps to Neil Patrick Harris, who has as much of a big screen presence as he does on stage, so having him host the Oscars (as well as the Tonys and the Emmys) doesn't seem like overload. Who would be a good host?