[POLL] Oscars 2017: Who would be best 1st-time host? Justin Timberlake, Oprah, Ricky Gervais or ??

Will the producers of the 2017 Oscars ceremony choose a first-time host? Two of the past three emcees — Ellen DeGeneres and Chris Rock — returned from prior stints, so maybe it’s time for some new blood? Take our new poll and tell us who would be best to host the show next February (another poll will follow soon offering possible returning hosts).

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Could it be another comedian, such as Louis C.K., Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, the team of Key and Peele, or Amy Schumer? Or how about former Golden Globe hosts Ricky Gervais or Tina Fey and Amy Poehler?

They might select a charming prior Oscar nominee such as Robert Downey, Jr., Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, or Oprah Winfrey. Academy Awards champs like Tom Hanks and Kevin Spacey could really work the stage to great effect.

Jimmy Kimmel works for host network ABC and is coming off rave reviews for his Emmy work this past weekend. And the multi-talented Justin Timberlake has proven himself over the years with great hosting efforts on “Saturday Night Live.”

We aren’t including ABC late night rival hosts Stephen Colbert, James Corden or Jimmy Fallon since network officials have proven to be opposed to that idea in recent years.

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131 thoughts on “[POLL] Oscars 2017: Who would be best 1st-time host? Justin Timberlake, Oprah, Ricky Gervais or ??

  1. If you want interesting, enjoyable and all around fun to watch then it has to be Ricky Gervais. He will keep people on the edges of the seat waiting to see what he is going to say next, have laughter at the event and for people at home, all the while showing every bit of class the event should have,

    1. You mean, he learnt from his Golden Globes fiasco? When it wasn’t offensive, it was flat and boring. NOT enjoyable. Hardly any class.

      I really lean towards the idea of RDJ hosting the Oscars. He is wonderfully tongue-in-cheek, doesn’t take himself serious and has the charms and aura of the 50s and 60s gods of the silver screen. And his ad-libs improved countless movies and events. The only thing is, that his charisma might overshadow most others, but when you see, how much he can take himself back, I don’t really see a problem. … I like that idea more and more.

  2. If anyone else can make me cringe as much as Ricky does, make me laugh as much as Ricky does and many months later find myself watching clips of a huge global event where the only clips are those of Ricky speaking, I’ll vote for him/her. Until then, Ricky Gervais all the way!!!

    1. Agreed. I usually watch the red carpet & then switch off. When Ricky did it, I watched if from start to finish and would again. He’s the only one that can do it justice.

  3. I don’t watch the Oscars because I find the majority of hosts horribly sycophantic. If Ricky Gervais presented it, I would watch, if only to see the look of trepidation on the faces of the overpaid glitterati.

  4. If you want someone who is a born entertainer, can improvise second to none, and is charming as hell, Robert Downey Jr should be your choice.

  5. Ricky Gervais would make the boring show worth watching. I didn’t even go near it last year. C’mon, vote for Ricky!

  6. Seriously… is there even a poll for this? Ricky Gervais everytime. The actual fear on the faces of the people in the room is entertainment beyond anything else Hollywood produces! Ha ha

    1. 我认为唐尼是世界上最好的人了,对吗?我们中国粉丝也在投票,放心。(I think Downey is the best person in the world, isn’t it?We Chinese fans are voting, rest assured)

  7. Ugh – Gervais proved on the Golden Globes that his hosting is flat and ineffective – it was like he’d been neutered.

    Robert Downey Jr. would be the best host – but you can’t afford him, Oscars. And why would he take that job – his career doesn’t need it, and so it’s a losing proposition.

    1. Robert has often accepted jobs for way less than he’s worth, when he liked the premise: Don’t know about this. But RDJ would bring in a fresh breeze, and some real glamour with an adorable tongue-in-cheek manner.

      But I so agree about Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes. His jokes were either flat, offensive, or awkward. Everything but a joy to watch him.

  8. ROBERT DOWNEY JR NEEDS TO HOST!!! if Ricky gets chosen to host I’m hitting someone!!!!!! Robert is just so classy, perfect, funny, hot, perfect, cute, perfect, adorable, perfect, great hair, great smile, great everything, did I mention he’s perfect?!

    – @robertdowneyjr.bradpaisley & @infinitedowney


  9. One of the few celebrities out there (alongside Clooney and John Oliver) who have an actual sense of morality within them, Ricky Gervais is the obvious choice. He’s the perfect profile for hosting an event of such magnitude. Classy yet REALLY funny.
    I’d definitely watch the ceremony if he’s the one to be selected as host.

  10. Without Ricky I’m not sure the show would be palatable.
    Not interesting enough without Gervais.
    This is simple math not just opinion.

  11. Robert Downey Jr deserve to host! Really! He is one of the best Hollywood actors, he is talented funny and famous. So his career doesnt need to win but ….. if he win it is gonna be very interesting and unforgettable Oscars. I dont understand why some people dont like him, maybe its because of CACW but its very stupid reason. If win Ricky I will not watch. Ducklings please VOTE!!!!

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