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Five TV Stars Who Could Be Better Oscar Hosts Than Eddie Murphy

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 7th 2011 9:20AM

I keep expecting this whole 'Eddie Murphy hosts the Oscars' thing to be a faulty meme, but now that the news is confirmed, I guess I'll have to come to grips with it. Okay -- done. After all, Murphy is one of the highest-grossing movie stars of all time, can be very very funny, and has proven he can still be funny without using swears ('Shrek'). He has been nominated for "The Statue." (And who can hold it against him if he left the theater shortly after he lost it to Alan Arkin?)

Truth is, the most shocking thing about this whole whirlwind of a story is that Brett Ratner is co-producing the Oscars. Has the Academy looked at his resume lately? What am I saying? These are the same people who thought James Franco and Anne Hathaway were the answer to their problems.

Well, we here at AOL TV have other ideas. Here's five people who could be just as good as Murphy -- maybe better!

1. Chelsea Handler
I know Chelsea tends to split fandom into love-her-or-hate-her, but hear me out. For one thing, she's got the glamor factor -- girl cleans up nice. Also, she's totally at ease with celebs from the A-list through the D-list and doesn't fawn over anyone. At the same time, she's likely to leave the most offensive stuff for 'Chelsea Lately.' Unlike certain British comedians, she has to work in this town again.

2. Tina Fey
The year of all-Tina-all-the-time has passed, and with Sarah Palin's TV persona blessedly quieter these days, Fey has faded into the background. But Tina would be a great choice to host. She's snappy and smart, but as recent '30 Rock' episodes amply demonstrate, pretty freakin' weird too. The crowd in the auditorium would definitely appreciate Fey's lefty nerdiness, but maybe the global television audience would prefer a bigger star.

3. Hugh Laurie
They do like to hire signers for this thing -- why not Hugh? Anyone else notice his piercing blue eyes staring out at them from the local Starbucks music rack? Yeah, that's his debut album 'Let Them Talk' and it's of the cranky old bluesman variety, but still. He can play piano, he sings, he's a heartthrob, and he has a solid background in comedy. What's the hold-up?

4. Russell Brand
I know Oscar probably feels a bit burned by the youth vote after the Franco debacle, and Brand hardly seems more reliable that Eddie Murphy, right? Except lately he seems to be growing up. If anything good came out of Amy Winehouse's death it was a surprisingly touching and serious Russell Brand opening up about his history with substance abuse and looking poised to become some kind of ... dare I say, role model? At the very least, if you're going to get fined by the FCC at least have it be for a fresh joke from an up-and-comer, you know?

5. Anna Kendrick
This suggestion may be coming out of left field, but I've actually been sitting on this one for awhile. Last year, when Hathaway was at her best, she reminded of Kendrick a bit -- and made me wish I was watching Anna instead. I'm telling you, she will be a Meryl Streep one day -- and wouldn't you like to see the Oscars hosted by a young Meryl Streep? I know I would.

Any other stars you can think of to host the Oscars? Let us know what you think!
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master K

i love anna kendrick and apparently you (writer) and I are the only ones on earth who know who she is. super talented, super adorable, probably not a good host though.

September 07 2011 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jim Parsons, Ty Burrell, or Joel McHale. And of course, NPH.

September 07 2011 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim Nelson

Neal Patrick Harris would make a great host. Or, if you really want to shake things up, get Norm MacDonald.

September 07 2011 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Stephanie, little girl... you are putting the horse before the carriage. You're article is NOTHING but opinion. As far as the people you chosed... Chelsea handler, really???... I like her but she isn't that funny.... Russell brand!!!! You must be on cheapest crack made cause he is talentless.

September 07 2011 at 1:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Cleans up nice? She can't wear clothes. Seriously she never looks good in any outfit she has on. It's bizarre. For reals. Show me a picture where she looks comfortable and the clothes don't look funny on her.

September 07 2011 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here’s a novel idea. No host. Just have the announcer guy/woman (can’t remember which one they use for the Oscars) introduce presenters and the artist performing the nominated songs, etc. Think about it. No host, an opening montage of this year’s films (instead of the often lame, over produced, opening “act”), performances of this year’s nominated songs - spaced out throughout the broadcast, the governors’ award or the lifetime achievement thing, and the “in memoriam” would be the only “breaks” in between awards being handed out. Keep it simple and elegant.

Every year every one – the nominees, celebrities in attendance, the audience watching at home, and the critics all complain about the show being too long. It is. Cut out the crappy production numbers and long winded host(s) and the show is under two hours and far more enjoyable.

September 07 2011 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Chelsea Handler? No, thanks. Went to see her perform stand-up last year. She came out drunk and wasn't half as funny as her opening act, Heather McDonald.

September 07 2011 at 12:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Stephanie Earp, obviously you don't care for Anne Hathaway. But, Hathaway is a much better perfomer than Anna Kendrick. Besides, Anne Hathaway to deal with bad writing, horrible production , and a comatose Oscar co-host. Don't hate ! Congratulate !

September 07 2011 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Val Pal

Ummm, did you see Chelsea Handler's hosting at the MTV awards last year. Horrible. I'll pass on that one but love your Hugh Laurie and Tina Fey suggestions.

September 07 2011 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just think its funny that when eddie murphy was nominated for dreamgirls, after he found out he didnt win he LEFT THE SHOW because he was bitter! Now he's the figgin host!!??! what is this world coming to!

September 07 2011 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Matt's comment

He was nominated by the board for Academy Awards and you are???

That's what I thought, nobody.

September 07 2011 at 1:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to blatinotop4u's comment

Actually, he was nominated by members of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and you are?

That's what I thought, a douche.

September 07 2011 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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