Jennifer Armstrong
February 04, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EST

So Jessica Biel’s the lucky lady who’ll get to host the Oscars for Geeks — a.k.a. the Scientific and Technical Awards — this weekend, becoming part of a long, proud Academy tradition of actresses who kindly bestow their hotness on the less telegenic honorees as a sort of consolation prize for their being left out of the main event. Past years’ presenters have included the gorgeous Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and Jennifer Garner. (Think of it as the super-pretty-gal equivalent of the Miss Golden Globe honorary title that goes to celeb kids like Rumer Willis — i.e., a relatively pointless exercise.) We like pretty ladies, too — and certainly women watching the Oscars on TV won’t complain about staring at host Hugh Jackman for a few hours — but can’t a dude once in a while take what’s basically the Oscar equivalent of a weekend shift? Maybe even a dude with geek cred and a legit reason to be there, like J.J. Abrams or George Lucas? (Props to Richard Dreyfus, the last guy to host, way back in 1996. Maybe because he once co-starred with that awesome Jaws fin?) Presuming that won’t happen, Katherine Heigl and Isla Fisher, get your Scientific and Technical Oscar gowns ready for next year…

What do you think, PopWatchers: Is having a hottie host for the technical awards sexism or just good fun? And who’s the logical choice to snag this “honor” next year?

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