Geek Smithology

March 2, 2008

Why TV hosts should helm the Oscars.

Filed under: Sight by Nathan @ 3:04 pm

I am a huge fan of the The Movie Blog. It’s one of the funniest commentary sites on the internet, and their “Audio Edition” podcast often embarrasses me by making me laugh out loud in public places. But, sometimes they are just plain wrong. And in this video (which is hilarious and otherwise bang-on) he claims that someone from Hollywood should host the Oscars. I don’t think that’s a good idea, for two main reasons:

1) I don’t think George Clooney would even want to do it. These are major Hollywood stars, potentially nominated for an Academy Award ™. With all due respect to the host and what he or she brings, I think any star that we’d actually want as host would want to be host. I mean, I’m sure Rob Schneider would want to do it. Oh wait, he’s not a movie star. Or a TV star.

2) John Stewart (and Johnny Carson, and others) are used to doing things in front of a live audience and live cameras day in and day out. They don’t expect a lot of takes, they have a lot of “improvised repartee” in their back pockets, and a relaxed manner in front of an audience that a more “appropriate” Hollywood host may lack.

So, what do you think, folks? Should they try and get George Clooney to host? Or do you agree with me and think that they should get John Stewart to host for as long as he wants?

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