Hosting the Oscars is no easy task. You have to be entertaining, funny, and upbeat, but not too offensive. Pop culture savvy, smart, engaging, but not off-putting. Plus you have to do it in front of literally the most famous audience of people ever assembled, every single year. Many have tried and succeeded. Others have crashed and burned. Some do fine, and then quietly go off into the sunset.
Most people feel that’s what’ll happen to Neil Patrick Harris after hosting the 87th annual Academy Awards this year. His hosting duties received reviews that were all over the map, all but guaranteeing producers don’t ask him back. If they don’t go with one of their tried and true standbys like Billy Crystal, Steve Martin or Ellen DeGeneres, who could be next? Below, we pick 15 people who would make a great 2016 Oscar host.
Who wouldn’t watch The Oscars if Dwayne Johnson was hosting? He’s already one of the biggest action stars on the planet, but he’s also an absolutely electrifying speaker. Even the best public speakers in the world don’t have the crowd control, personality or timing Johnson has. He’d be a perfect host.
Considered one of the funniest comedians on the planet, what Patton Oswalt would really bring to the hosting gig is passion. He’s a true movie fan with an encyclopedic knowledge of the art form who wouldn’t shy away from actually showing how much he loves what he’s doing. An Oscar host who loves movies? What a crazy idea!
Yes, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an incredibly talented and in demand actor. But he’s also a director, curator and so much more. His Hit Record brand thrives on out of the box creativity and if he hosted, it could bring the Oscars into the 21st century. One caveat: There’s a good chance he’ll be nominated for an Oscar next year for The Walk and I doubt someone would do both.
As great as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are at hosting the Golden Globes, my favorite host will always be Ricky Gervais. He’s honest, he’s mean, he’s always got a beer in his hand, and he would give the Oscars a real good kick in the nuts that it needs. The problem here is the Oscars tend to shy away from a host who will be extremely mean to the audience and Gervais would definitely do that.
Anna Kendrick helped Neil Patrick Harris with his opening number this year and, as usual, you couldn’t take your eyes off her. She’s a natural born entertainer, just look at her long string of singing roles as well as stage experience. Plus, she would help engage the younger people who could care less about stuffy awards shows. She’d even be great teaming up with someone else. Imagine her and Twitter buddy The Rock together?