On Monday we asked you who should return to host the Oscars, but now we want to know which potential NEW contender you’d want to see host the next Academy Awards. Does two-time Oscar champ Kevin Spacey have your vote? He has mine. In fact, I just voted for him in our new poll below. Don’t forget to cast your own votes.
Other hot contenders are “it” girl Amy Schumer, all-around entertainer Justin Timberlake, talk show/awards host Queen Latifah and academy governor Tom Hanks. Our own Tom O’Neil wonders if red-hot John Oliver should host the Oscars.
Our users, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, have been furiously debating this hot topic in our movie forum. Join the discussion here. Perhaps you’ll be swayed by some of their comments, which include:
AMG: I’d love to see Spacey host. Whenever he presents an award, you know you’re in a safe pair of hands, but is still brilliantly comedic and well paced in the short time he has. There’s never really any awkwardness when he’s on stage.
ETPhoneHome: Well, since she’s finally had her breakout year, what about Schumer? Like Ricky Gervais at the first Golden Globes, I feel like she would be able to give some sharp humor without overstepping.
FilmGuy619: Kevin Hart. He has experience with stand up comedy, so I am sure he is good at comedic improv, which would be beneficial in case he is given poor material. Also, he would attract a young demographic, has hosting experience, is an animated personality that could get those at the show entertained, and he said he wants the gig.
Among some of the other names our savvy forum posters came up with are: Louis C.K., George Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Melissa McCarthy, Jerry Seinfeld, Ben Stiller and Oprah Winfrey. We purposely excluded Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon since ABC would not allow one of its rival broadcast networks’ late night hosts.
Photo: Kevin Spacey. Credit: James Shaw/REX