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Poll: Who do you think should host the Oscars this year?

October 30, 2009 | 11:44 am

Hugh Jackman Oscar Host Entertainment News Now that Hugh Jackman has officially passed on repeating as Oscarcast host, who should the new producing team of Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman recruit for the toughest job in Hollywood? 

There are the usual names in the mix like A-listers George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Will Smith. And there are the hipper choices like Steve Carell and Tina Fey. But with Jackman hitting a home run last year with his singing and dancing don't discount someone like Queen Latifah -- who Shankman directed in "Hairspray" -- being tapped to host. And if Oscar chiefs plan to put heavy emphasis on musical entertainment, why not consider "Precious" star Mariah Carey, eh?

We wanted to add "Precious" costar Mo'Nique to the choices in this poll, but — let's face it — the academy is a nonprofit organization that probably can't afford her appearance fee.

Don't see your pick for Oscar emcee among the names below? Then post it in the comments section and perhaps he or she will make it into the next round of voting.

UPDATE 10/30 2 p.m. PT: Oops, as some of you note snarkily in the comments section below, we should've included Neil Patrick Harris as a choice. You're right, of course, considering he did such a stellar job holding forth at the Emmys, Tonys and TV Land Awards. At this late point, we can't edit the poll below, so we promise to do a follow-up poll that includes Harris as a choice . . .  later. We'll have him face off against the candidates who scored highest here -- plus Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais. Please come back and vote again. Here is the follow-up poll - CLICK HERE to vote.

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steve carell ofcourse, he's hilarious and very talented

Donny and Marie

This is the lamest poll I have ever seen. Tom, seriously, you need to retire.

Neil Patrick Harris. Can't believe he's not in the poll.

Ricky Gervais would make an awesome host but he is hosting the Golden Globes so they are not going to get him this year. Nix any performer that is not an ABC as well.

None of the above.


I can understand why Hugh Jackman would not want to host two years in a row with his hectic schedule and the fact that, knowing his personality, he would want to give someone else a shot at it. But...Hugh is going to be a tough act to follow. I can see no other celebrity with as much talent and charisma as Hugh Jackman that would draw as many viewers across the country. I will definitely have to think twice about viewing the show this year. Hugh made it watchable and enjoyable.

it appears to me that the oscars crowd--both in the hall and at home--seem to appreciate 'big movie stars' as hosts. witness the success of billy crystal, whoopi goldberg and steve martin compared to mixed reactions to letterman, jon stewart and chris rock.
in that vein, how about ben stiller?
he could probably rope in tom cruise, robert downey, will farrell, etc into funny skits.

Second Ricky Gervais

Seriously? You're adding Mariah Carrey to your poll but not Neil Patrick Harris?

Oh, I see, you are trying to be funny.

Neil Patrick Harris did such a wonderful job with the Tonys and the Emmys why not let him complete the trifecta with the Oscars? Please add him to the poll.

Neil Patrick Harris

Stephen Colbert

Neil Patrick Harris should host--Add him to the poll choices

Justin Timberlake. He blew everyone away when he hosted the ESPYs. In addition, he could draw a younger crowd too.

Where's Ricky Gervais?



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