Image Credit: A.M.P.A.S.We know, some of you aren’t done debating how well Anne Hathaway and James Franco did, but considering commenters in our Oscars live blog were already looking ahead to 2012 during last night’s ceremony, we think it’s a fair question: Who should host next year’s Oscars? Robert Downey Jr. and Sandra Bullock got a lot of support among our readers after their winning turns as presenters Sunday, and I’d be fine with that. They have both the confidence and the quick wit to play off things as they happen (that’s what I missed last night from the hosts — feeling like we were in this together). I also think they’re a solid compromise: they’re people who would make it fun for viewers at home, but also make those attending in-person still feel like it’s Hollywood’s biggest night.
Of course, many of us want different things from an Oscar host. For instance, if you want a musical number with lyrics that don’t make you cringe (see not Hathaway’s and Franco’s unaired Grease reenactment, which is now online), perhaps you’re pulling for Justin Timberlake (who could call on The Lonely Island for a little help). If you prefer to think of the Oscars as a TV show rather than an awards show, perhaps you’re thinking (gulp!) Kathy Griffin or (give it another year maybe) Ricky Gervais — who’ll keep viewers wondering what she or he will say next — or ABC’s own Jimmy Kimmel, who, honestly, could pre-tape a lot of genuinely funny bits (see Toddlers & Tiaras with Tom Hanks and his trailer for Tyler Perry’s The President’s Speech) and then just keep it simple, loose, and moving on Oscar night.
Other suggestions from PopWatch HQ include Tina Fey (and her handpicked writing staff) or the always game Neil Patrick Harris. Darren Franich nominates Zack Galifianakis. (“Can you imagine him serenading the audience with an onstage piano?” contends Darren. “He could be the second coming of Billy Crystal, insofar as he’s really smart, funny, and really just seems like a nice guy.”) Sandra Gonzalez, meanwhile, has a pure fantasy. “Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson,” she says. “No one would know who he is, but that might be an advantage. And he’d have to stay in character.”
Who gets your vote?