It won’t be Ricky Gervais; the Academy would NEVER pick up a leftover host from the Golden Globes. While Tony and Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris proved his chops as a stellar musical performer, he resides in theater and TV land. But with musical maven Adam Shankman as co-producer, Patrick Harris could fit the bill. The Academy liked the direction the show took last year. (UPDATE: Despite rumors that Patrick Harris has landed the gig, an Academy spokeswoman says there is no announcement planned.)
The Oscars have relied on TV hosts many times, from Johnny Carson on. But he knew the Hollywood community inside out. He was a member. New York-based TV hosts don’t perform as well. Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart grabbed mixed reviews. Would Stephen Colbert’s peculiar political sensibility work on Oscar night? He can probably do anything. I’d go for him. Who else?
With Jackman out of the running, let’s do the Oscar Host Poll again. I’ve added a few new names, however unlikely, that have cropped up. Let’s see who wins this one. New poll on the jump.