As the dust continues to settle on this weekend’s Academy Awards, let’s look ahead to the 2018 Oscars. Specifically, who should next year’s producers choose to host if they decide to go with a first-timer? Two of the past three emcees — Ellen DeGeneres and Chris Rock — returned from prior stints, while this year’s scene-stealer Jimmy Kimmel was an Oscar host virgin. Take our poll below to let us know who’d be the best newbie to host the show next February. (Another poll will follow soon offering possible returning hosts.)
One of the stand-out personalities from Sunday’s Oscars is the multi-talented Justin Timberlake. A Best Song nominee for “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (“Trolls”), Timberlake has proven himself over the years with great hosting efforts on “Saturday Night Live,” for which he even won two Emmys.
Speaking of “SNL,” no one is having a better year than Kate McKinnon. She’s perhaps best known for her Emmy-winning Hillary Clinton impersonation, but McKinnon also had us laughing in the summer remake of “Ghostbusters” and as an Oscar presenter this weekend — Oscar host next?
Should producers go with proven ringleaders from other awards shows, like former Golden Globe hosts Ricky Gervais or Tina Fey & Amy Poehler? Keep in mind that it’s unlikely Kimmel’s late night rivals Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon or Seth Meyers will emcee the Oscars since ABC officials have proven to be opposed to that idea in recent years.
Speaking of late night hosts, we have a feeling ABC might make an exception for Samantha Bee to host the Oscars. She’s on the rise within the industry thanks to her very public take-downs of President Donald Trump every week on TBS’s “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”
Comedians at the top of their games would be a welcome addition, including Margaret Cho, Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Tig Notaro, Amy Schumer, and the team of Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele.
They might select a charming prior Oscar nominee such as Robert Downey Jr., Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy or Oprah Winfrey. And Academy Awards champs like Tom Hanks, Kevin Spacey and Meryl Streep could really work the stage to great effect.