Ricky Gervais is your #1 choice to host the Oscars (and they need him)

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There’s been a hard-fought battle raging for weeks at Gold Derby over who our users want to host the Oscars, with the final three contenders in our polls being Ricky Gervais, Ellen DeGeneres and Robert Downey Jr. More than 14,000 of you voted in our poll, and we can now reveal that Gervais is your overwhelming #1 choice for who you want to host the 88th annual edition of the Academy Awards on Feb. 28. Congrats, Ricky!

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As of this writing, Gervais leads with 73% (10,691 votes), followed by Downey at 21% (3,032) and DeGeneres at 5% (672 votes). (The remaining 1% of our users thought that none of these three should preside over the next Oscars ceremony; perhaps they’re holding out for a reprieve by former emcees James Franco and Anne Hathaway?)

Though he hasn’t hosted the Oscars, Gervais 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.

And, frankly, the Oscars need him. After two years of “safe” hosts like DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris, isn’t it time for the Academy to branch out and welcome a wild card to the proceedings? They last tried this in 2013 when raunchy producer/writer/entertainer Seth MacFarlane was invited to emcee the telecast, though he received mostly negative reviews.

After years of trying to make the Oscars relevant again, inviting a cool cat like Gervais, who has the hosting pedigree to boot, would be a step in the right direction. Academy, are you listening?

Join the heated discussion in our Oscars forum. And make your Emmy predictions as to whether this year’s Oscars, hosted by 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).

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? 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.

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: Nils Jorgensen/REX

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