In this poll No. 2, we'll toss in two choices left off the first rundown: Neil Patrick Harris and Ricky Gervais. It's extremely unlikely that the snooty motion-picture academy would serve Oscarcast viewers warmed-up host leftovers from the Golden Globes, so Gervais isn't a serious candidate, but let's find out — in an ideal, make-believe world (Hollywood style) — who you want to do the job.
It's also a longshot to expect the snobbish academy to accept a hand-me-down host from the Emmys, Tonys and — egads — TV Land Awards, but Harris earned huzzahs for holding forth impressively at those kudofests. Another drawback: ABC's Oscarcast may scorn the idea of tapping a CBS sitcom star ("How I Met Your Mother"). The alphabet web has used TV stars from alternative broadcast channels in the past, but they were chat-show comedians like Johnny Carson long ago and, recently and disastrously, David Letterman. Such network ties are usually important when hosts of award shows are chosen. It's no small coincidence that CBS telecast the Emmy and Tony ceremonies hosted by Harris this past year. TV Land is part of Viacom, which has corporate ties to CBS.
However, Harris has one big Oscar plus in addition to having proved himself at the Emmys, Tonys, etc. He's a deft crooner and hoofer. New Oscarcast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman reputedly want to put on another musical bash a la the Hugh Jackman Show last year. But the "Wolverine" star has movie cred. Quick, try to name a feature film starring Harris.
That said, let's add Harris and Gervais to a new poll pitting them against the highest-scoring options from the first poll, which reaped these results as of mid-Sunday:
-- Tina Fey: 20% (206 votes)
-- Steve Carell: 12% (130 votes)
-- Kathy Griffin: 11% (114 votes)
-- Tom Hanks: 10% (104 votes)
-- Queen Latifah: 9% (90 votes)
-- Mariah Carey: 8% (83 votes)
-- Jim Carrey: 8% (79 votes)
-- George Clooney: 7% (70 votes)
-- Will Smith: 6% (65 votes)
-- Taylor Swift & Kanye West: 6% (61 votes)
-- Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie: 2% (18 votes)
-- Adam Sandler: 1% (15 votes)
-- Tyler Perry: 1% (10 votes)
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