Steve Martin & Alec Baldwin to Co-Host the Academy Awards

November 3, 2009

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin

After deciding that Hugh Jackman would not be returning to host the Oscars, the AMPAS has announced today that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will serve as co-hosts of the 82nd Academy Awards telecast on March 7th, 2010. "We think the team of Steve and Alec are the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars," said producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman. "Steve will bring the experience of having hosted the show in the past and Alec will be a completely fresh personality for this event." This does also confirm, sadly, that Neil Patrick Harris will not be hosting every awards show ever. But will these two sing and dance instead?

"I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin," Martin said. "I don't play the banjo but I'm thrilled to be hosting the Oscars – it's the opportunity of a lifetime," Baldwin said. Is it mere coincidence that both Baldwin and Martin are starring in the same comedy this holiday season - It's Complicated? Sure, they're both working actors, but this is an obvious marketing ploy as well. Although let's not forget, Hugh Jackman had Wolverine coming up when he hosted the Oscars last year. I'm certainly down with both of them, they're very funny guys, and I'm sure they'll make it a very entertaining show this year. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 17 Comments


I was waiting for Ricky Gervais ... but this one will be fun too ...

Shero on Nov 3, 2009


Seems cool. Both very good funny actors.

Daniel on Nov 3, 2009


Nooooooooooooooooooooo! Lord save us from this tragedy!

LuckyLoser on Nov 3, 2009


WHo cares? I never watch anyhow...

Tra la la la la di da on Nov 3, 2009


steve martin is the man. will be good.

mELVIN on Nov 3, 2009


While I love both of them, I wonder how the two-host dynamic will affect the show...

Ajax on Nov 3, 2009


Definitely a good pairing and they had a good report on 30 rock last year (a different format I know). I personally think it's high time for a Billy Crystal hosted-telecast. Fingers crossed for 2011.

Johnbo on Nov 3, 2009


Sounds like it's going to be funny.

ebbie on Nov 3, 2009


I think this is a great combo to host the Oscars together, unfortunately I haven't watched an Awards show in at least 5 years.

Andy on Nov 3, 2009


NPH would be an awesome host!

Ben on Nov 3, 2009


Good choices! I like their penchant for bantering and their ability to ad-lib quick! I'll be tuning in! 🙂

Spider on Nov 3, 2009


Steve Martin rules but i just never liked Alec Baldwin. I love the awards show so almost no host will stop me anyways.

Taylor on Nov 3, 2009


I really don't think Hugh Jackman could be topped.

giraffic on Nov 3, 2009


I guess all of us that were hoping for Megan Fox can go cry now. Ha!

Golgo 13 on Nov 3, 2009


Eh, still would have preferred NPH. Would have been nice to see what Dr. Horrible had to say about the internet moving up on the silver screen also.

DarkRaven18599 on Nov 4, 2009


I am not sure. They can be funny but they just can´t top Jackman´s charm and energy. And I really hope the are smart enough not to tell political jokes. I still want Hugh Jackman back.

Ezri on Nov 4, 2009


I'm so excited. This is gonna be good!

Employment Law Attorney on Nov 4, 2009

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