Host Needed: Who Should Host The 2013 Academy Awards?

Looks like the Oscars is in need of a host for the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony.

“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” host Jimmy Fallon was in talks with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to host next year’s awards show, but those talks have fallen apart.

Fallon confirmed the news to Matt Lauer during a “Today” appearance in London.

Jimmy Fallon

“No, I’m not going to do the Oscars,” Fallon admitted. “It’s an honor to be asked by the academy, but it’s not my year.”

The L.A. Times reports that the late night host had been negotiating with former academy president Tom Sherak, but Sherak left his post last week and has been replaced by veteran Hollywood producer Hawk Koch.

Now the Academy is back to square one and has a few suggestions of some first-time people who could oversee the Oscars when they take place at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.


Arsenio Hall

Arsenio Hall – The Hollywood funny is having a career resurgence after taking years off to raise his son. His appearance and win on this past season of Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” has already landed him a deal for a new late night show that will premiere next year on the CW Network. Hall also interviewed some of Hollywood’s biggest names during his previous incarnation of the “Arsenio Hall Show.” The 56-year-old comic is also no stranger to films, having starred in movies like “Coming to America,” “Harlem Nights,” “Black Dynamite,” and “Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!,” among others.

Betty White

Betty White – Hollywood legend Betty White is defying all of the odds. In a business where most people are out of work by age 40, White is 90-years-old and landing more gigs than the Screen Actors Guild should allow! When the “Hot in Cleveland” star was the guest-host of “Saturday Night Live” in May 2010, the show landed its highest ratings in two years, made White the oldest person to host the show, and landed her a Primetime Emmy Award. The Oscars could certainly benefit from a surge in ratings! White, a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award honoree, is wittier and funnier than most stand-up comics even at 90-years-old.

Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady – How many times have the Oscars opened with a music number tying in the year’s biggest films? And who better to offer a song and dance production than the man who won two Daytime Emmy Awards for it during his daytime talk show stint, headlines a Las Vegas show that includes it and whose CD was nominated for a Grammy for it. Wayne Brady is the consummate entertainer.  He’s an actor, a comedian, he sings, he does improvisation and he hosts. All the qualities needed in an Oscar host. He’s a little light on the movie front – “Roll Bounce” and “Crossover” weren’t exactly blockbusters – but so was Ellen DeGeneres when she hosted in 2007.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey – No one loves the Oscars more than Oprah Winfrey. For countless years when she hosted her daytime talk show, Winfrey’s Academy Awards special the day after the ceremony was must-see TV. The Emmy Award winning media mogul received an honorary Academy Award at the 2012 ceremony, where she was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Winfrey was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Sofia in “The Color Purple.” In addition to running her new network OWN, 58-year-old billionaire has resumed her acting career and is currently in production on the Lee Daniels’ film, “The Butler.”


What do you think about these potential hosts for the 2013 Academy Awards? Do you have other suggestions? Sound off on the message board below with your feedback!


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