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LIST: Top 5 People I Want To See Host The Oscars

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The Oscars might be months away, but it’s never too early to speculate.

LIST: Top 5 People I Want To See Host The Oscars

The L.A. Times reported last week that Jimmy Fallon, host of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and former SNL star, was in talks to host the 2013 Academy Awards. It wouldn't be the first time a talk-show host has taken the role (David Letterman, Jon Stewart were previous hosts) and Fallon's turn as the host of the 2010 Emmys was well-received. ABC broadcasts the awards show, however, and apparently is not comfortable with letting Jimmy Kimmel's biggest competitor take the position. Kimmel, who hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is hosting this year's Emmys, which will probably leave him out of the picture. Considering the Oscars are still far away, everything is still up in the air. I would actually not mind Fallon as a host at all. His Emmys turn was good, and his talk-show has grown into a hip, appealing alternative to the apple pie humor of Jay Leno and the living corpse of Last Call With Carson Daly. So, who should host the Emmys? Well, in my dreams, my list would looks something like this:

1. All the living Doctors from Doctor Who together on one stage
2. Amy Poehler
3. Chris Gethard
4. Dorothy Parker
5. The Tupac hologram

But I don't see any of those happening anytime soon, so here's a more realistic list, and decidedly hologram-less:

1. Tina Fey (teamed up with Alec Baldwin or Amy Poehler)
Who doesn't love Tina Fey? Some people, I guess, but I don't wish to know them. Fey is super likable and cool, and could bring a new energy to Oscar hosting--a field once dominated by Billy Crystal and borscht belt humor. I was thinking it would be cool to see Fey paired up with one of her co-stars. Fey and Poehler are dynamite together, and if the Oscars could handle two women hosting (let alone one), it would be overwhelmingly awesome. But here's my high-concept idea. With 30 Rock on the way out, the Oscars should be weaved into a meta-fictional narrative, where Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and the TGS crew winds up there for some late February-hijinks. Which would confuse everyone in the audience and delight me...perfect.

2. Emma Stone
She was great as a presenter during the Anne Hathaway-James Franco fiasco. Stone walks on water. The girl is pure movie magic, so positive and and so funny. She's young, and a "hip" reboot of the awards was not exactly a winner, but Stone could make things work. And a pairing-off could work with Stone too--Ben Stiller was her co-presenter at the 84th Awards show, and was a really good straight man. Make it happen, academy!

3. Steve Carell
Carell deserves it after being consistently snubbed at the Emmys. He's hilarious in the nicest way, managing to deliver lines without resorting to nastiness. Carell would please the Academy's love of controversy-free humor, but would be able to get the most out of vanilla jokes. The man also seems humble, so it doesn't seem like he would be one of those hosts that takes over the show, either.

4. Stephen Colbert
I believe Jon Stewart has hosted at least twice, so it's only fair that Colbert gets a turn. His Colbert Report persona might be very winning here. If he could get his writing team to produce a show that is similar in tone to Colbert's own show, both witty and gleefully silly, the 2013 Oscars might perk up from it's boring slump.

5. Ricky Gervais
Only if he gets to be uninhibited and nasty, though. I liked Gervais's first Golden Globes, the controversial one that ignited arguments about going too far. I liked that he wasn't afraid of kicking actors' butts a little. Some of the egotistical ones out there are in dire need of a sense of humor, and while Gervais sometimes did come across as more mean than funny, perhaps it is necessary in a profession that often leads to excessive pampering.

Who do you want to host the Academy Awards?

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