Should Lady Gaga host the Oscars? She’d be only the 4th female host this century [POLL]

It’s no secret that the Oscars are having a tough time finding a host for their 2019 ceremony. First Kevin Hart stepped down following a backlash against his homophobic Twitter remarks from a decade ago, and now they’re considering having no host at all. In this era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, it seemed like a missed opportunity that the film academy didn’t ask a woman to host in the first place, especially since there have only been three this century. But now that there’s an opening we have the perfect suggestion: Lady Gaga.

Why her? Since the Oscars are broadcast in hundreds of countries around the globe, the academy would be wise to hire an international superstar to help bring in additional eyeballs. Say what you want about recent two-time host Jimmy Kimmel, but American talk show hosts simply don’t have the same worldwide notoriety as pop artists. Lady Gaga’s music career and past Oscar performances gives her with the perfect resume, but it’s her breakout performance in Warner Bros’ musical “A Star Is Born” that gives her the relevance to emcee this year’s ceremony.

Director/star Bradley Cooper‘s reimagining of the classic tale is a bonafide blockbuster, raking in $200 million in the U.S. and an additional $177 million overseas. “A Star Is Born” is also the Oscar frontrunner to win Best Picture, which means ratings for ABC’s telecast could get a boost if average joes tune in to see whether it takes home any trophies — and to see what Lady Gaga is wearing. Don’t forget, that’s exactly the reason why academy chiefs wanted to institute a new Best Popular Film category this year, before they were scared off by the near-universal backlash.

We know what you’re thinking: Lady Gaga is likely to be a two-time Oscar nominee (Best Actress and Best Song for “Shallow”), so is it even fair for her to host? In truth, this sort of thing happens all the time. James Franco hosted the Oscars when he was nominated as Best Actor for “127 Hours.” Amy Poehler was presiding over the Golden Globes the year she won for “Parks and Recreation.” Kimmel emceed the Emmys when he was nominated for “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” We could go on and on.

The only other females to host the Oscars since the turn of the century have been Ellen DeGeneres, Anne Hathaway and Whoopi Goldberg. (See all of the Oscar hosts through the years.) DeGeneres, the most recent hostess with the mostess, oversaw the 2014 and 2007 ceremonies to great fanfare. Hathaway co-hosted with Franco in 2011, with the duo receiving nearly unanimous jeers. And Goldberg is the only solo woman to host more than twice, in 2002, 1999, 1996 and 1994.

In the 2018 version of “A Star Is Born,” Cooper portrays alcoholic country singer Jackson Maine and Lady Gaga takes on the role of aspiring singer-songwriter Ally. Their chemistry matches that of previous dynamic duos from the popular franchise: Janet Gaynor and Fredric March (1937), Judy Garland and James Mason (1954), and Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson (1976). On their way to the 2019 Oscars, Cooper and Lady Gaga have both already been nominated at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards.

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