Oscars host poll: Ricky Gervais vs. Ellen DeGeneres vs. Robert Downey Jr.

Over the past week, we’ve been asking our readers to vote for who they want to host the Oscars. Three stars have skyrocketed to the top of our polls: Ricky Gervais, Ellen DeGeneres and Robert Downey Jr. If it came down to this trio, which one would YOU want to see emcee the 88th annual edition of the Academy Awards on Feb. 28? Vote in our new poll below.

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Of the three, DeGeneres is the only former Oscars host. In fact, she’s emceed twice — in 2006 and 2013 — while Gervais and Downey would be first-timers. DeGeneres received favorable reviews, especially for her return to the Dolby Stage two years ago when she broke Twitter with her celeb selfie.

Though he hasn’t hosted the Oscars, Gervias made the Golden Globes must-see viewing for three years in a row (2010-2012) with his acerbic, take-no-prisoners attitude. Fans have been clamoring for him to return to the Golden Globes since, but maybe he’s been holding out for the Oscar stage.

Downey, a past two-time Oscar nominee (“Chaplin,” 1992; “Tropic Thunder,” 2008) would be an interesting choice as he’s never presided over a major awards show before. But the Academy Awards have gone with ringleaders who lack the usual resume, such as Seth MacFarlane (2012) and James Franco & Anne Hathaway (2010).

Vote in our poll now (if you don’t like these choices, tell us who you want to host in the comments section). Join the heated discussion in our Oscars forum. And make your Emmy predictions as to whether this year’s Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will win Best Special Class Program by using our easy drag-and-drop menu at the right or bottom of this post. 

Make all of your Emmys predictions and you could win one of our three prizes ($500, $300 and $200 Amazon gift certificates) as well as a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s Emmys line-up).

Meet the guy who won our contest to predict the Emmys last year — and learn how he did it and how you can be our next Gold Derby superstar.

Last year, our Experts had an accuracy rate of 58.62% when it came to predicting the Emmy winners. That score tied them with both Gold Derby’s Editors and the Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who did the best at predicting last year’s Emmys). Our Users scored  51.72% (Click on any of these groups to see what they got right and wrong last year.) Which group will be victorious this year?

As some of our Users turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, it’s important that you give us your predictions. Your picks influence our Users racetrack odds, which also factor into our official combined odds.

Photo: Ricky Gervais. Credit: Picture Perfect/REX
Photo: Ellen DeGeneres. Credit: Matt Baron/BEI/REX

Photo: Robert Downey Jr. Credit: MediaPunch/REX

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