The 2019 Academy Awards still don’t have a host: who should it be?

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It’s the last day of November, and people just realized that… the 2019 Oscars still don’t have a host. Not only that, but the Golden Globes don’t have a host either?!? The lack of host/s for the Globes doesn’t bother me as much as the Oscars though – the Globes can function pretty well without a host, or with a barely-there host who only shows up for a few minutes. But it’s crazy that tomorrow is December 1st and we still don’t have a host for the Academy Awards. Deadline pointed out that for three years – 1969-71 – the Oscars were hostless and they went just fine. But… people do expect some kind of host at this point. The problem is, I don’t trust the Academy to choose wisely, and they probably don’t trust themselves either, which is why no announcement has been made. Let’s look at some contenders:

Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel has hosted before and he’s a bland, do-no-evil host. He’s basically everyone’s third choice, only to be asked if they can’t get their first two choices.

Oprah. While Oprah isn’t “funny” like a comedian, she knows how to run a show and keep things moving, and I think she would actually be an excellent host. Plus, everybody would get gifts under their seats.

Gritty. Hear me out – using Gritty as the host would be extremely watchable. He doesn’t speak, so his googly eyes would have to do all the talking. I would be into it.

Tina Fey/Amy Poehler. They hosted the Globes for several years in a row and they were badass. I definitely think they should be on the shortlist.

Whoopi Goldberg. Whoopi is funny, and she’s a woman. But I hope they don’t ask her.

Ellen DeGeneres. I mean… it will probably be Ellen, right?

Lin Manuel-Miranda. I mean, if it’s not Ellen, it will be Lin, right?

Kamala Harris. She’s running!!

Tiffany Haddish. I love Tiff and she can crack me up whenever she opens her mouth, but I feel like the Oscars are way too big for Tiffany… but Tiffany paired with someone else, I could totally see.

The Hot Duck. They would never allow the Hot Duck to host because Hollywood is full of jealous haters who don’t want to be outclassed and out-beautied by a Hot Duck.

Kumail Nanjiani. He’s funny and droll and it would be amazing to see a Pakistani-American man host!! (Maybe put him with Tiffany??)

Meryl Streep. I mean, she’ll be there anyway since she’s nominated every year.

Robert Downey Jr. In the olden days of the Oscars, RDJ would have been a shoo-in as host, honestly. He’s funny, he’s charismatic, he’s great without a script. But I doubt he would be asked.

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  1. RBC says:

    Olivia the dog from “Widows”

    • Koneullee says:

      Two hosts ,Go retro old and also go young today hip.
      How about the lady who did the Wash.D.C. Press Corps roast. She’s cool, edgy and people may watch to see what she says.

  2. Sue Denim says:

    I vote Kumail!!! But I’m also in love with John Mulaney, and nominate him — he’d be fun for this.

  3. Ib says:


    • soalla says:

      Didn’t Tiffany shriek and mispronounce everyone’s name at the nominating ceremony for this year’s Oscars? I guess some people find that amusing. But for the whole show?

  4. Swack says:

    Big Bird.

  5. Lightpurple says:

    My 89 year old great aunt. She will have seen every movie in every category and will be able to do her “MOVE IT ALONG; I’M TOO OLD FOR THIS! shout directly at them instead of at the TV screen when things start to drag.

  6. damejudi says:

    I nominate Triumph the Insult comic dog!

  7. Jane says:

    I don’t see why they need a host. It’s rare that the hosts opening is better than passable, and they just seem to annoy viewers and slow down the show whenever they appear after that. I’d bet most casual viewers wouldn’t even notice if they just opened with a musical number or skit then went right to the first presenters.

    • jan90067 says:

      The last really *good* openings were by Billy Crystal. And that was a long time ago (sadly).

      • ValiantlyVarnished says:

        Crystal was pretty cringe even back then. I recently saw some clips of his old opening numbers and they do NOT hold up well.

  8. SM says:

    Amy and Tina were great. They should keep hosting the globes bevause the atmosphere is a bit more loose and there is alcohol. I watched Walk of Shame a few nights ago with Elizabeth Banks. She is hilarious. I laughed my ass off and that does not happen often with Hollywood coms. So maybe mix her with someone more political and more on the wave, like Colbert.

  9. Lucy says:

    Hannah Gadsby! She was the only funny person at the Emmys. (I know it won’t be here though.)

  10. SARA says:

    Nick Kroll and Jenny Slate!

  11. Ashley says:

    Hasan Minhaj!

  12. Coco says:

    I will definitely nominate Gritty. That mascot would not disappoint me and I wouldn’t be so focus on these ridiculous categories.

  13. adastraperaspera says:

    Wanda Sykes!

  14. Tiffany says:

    I can’t lie, Billy Crystal was one of my favs over the years. Sucks he has retired.

    And before he started showing his backside, I would have been down for Hugh Jackman.

    • ValiantlyVarnished says:

      Yeah Jackman would have been a good choice but since I am utterly disappointed in him as a human being I dont want him to.

  15. Kaith says:

    I always wished Graham Norton could host the Oscars… he’s the best talk show host by miles and he’s really witty.

  16. Booie says:

    I vote for gritty

  17. Adorable says:

    I Hope it’s both Ellen & Whoopi.Sure Ellen May “over do it” sometimes but in 2014 she was an excellent host & when she’s not talking politics etc,Whoopi Goldberg is a pretty funny Comedian.

    • Bella Bella says:

      I think Ellen has a cruel streak that leaks out now in her humor and Whoopi has become a bore, unfortunately. I vote no on those two.

      • Natalia says:

        Agreed. Ten years ago they were a good choice but Ellen IS cruel and Whoopi who I used to adore has shown her backside too many times in recent years.

  18. Amelie says:

    I dunno if the Oscars really needs a host. The position seems cursed and the host is always super criticized afterwards. Nobody really wants the job. I will say the one standout host moment from the past few years was when they accidentally announced Lala Land as the winner instead of Moonlight. Jimmy Kimmel was kind of all of us in that moment and like a deer caught in headlights. When was the last time an Oscar host was universally beloved? I can’t even remember.

    From the short list here though, the only person I’d really want to see is Lin Manuel Miranda. I’ve watched enough of his interviews and follow him on social media and pretty much anything he does makes you love him. He just always seems so joyful to be alive which is so needed in this Trumpian world.

  19. Sophie says:

    I really liked chris rock.

  20. Cindy says:

    They should go hostless imo. Off the top of my head, I can’t name a single person who hosted the Oscars in recent memory and did a legitimately good job. Everyone ranges from “eh, (s)he didn’t fuck it up” to the MESS that were James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

  21. Winnie Cooper's Mom says:

    James Cordon, just bc he’s so lovable, fun and light. I think he would do a good job of easing tensions.

  22. tealily says:

    Gritty 10000000000000000%.

  23. Steff says:

    I’m throwing Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell into the mix! But with returnees, I’d like to see Ricky Gervais roast Hollywood again (preferably roasting Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Woody Allen, and other awful people.)

  24. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    All I can say is that orange puppet has made me jump twice now.

  25. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    I always enjoy Gervais at the GG – and I’m already excited about the $hit he’d say about Cadet BoneSpurs. Then for the Oscars, Tina & Amy!

  26. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    I like the suggestion of Kumail….paired with the guy he has such chemistry with on Silicon Valley. The dry humored white dude who also played on Party Down.

    I like Tiffany Haddish with Taraji Hensen or Tiffany with Kevin Hart. Or Tiffany with Amy Schumer or Mindy Kaling.

  27. Case says:

    I really enjoy when Chris Rock hosts, personally.

    I’d really like Kate McKinnon to host, actually. She’s amazing. If not her, Kumail Nanjiani or John Mulaney. Basically, people who are good on SNL will work, lol.

  28. xdanix says:

    According to Kris Tapley from Variety, the reason they don’t have a Globes host yet is because they can’t GET anyone to host the Globes. They’ve reached out to a lot of people- none of them want to do it this year!

  29. U.S and them says:

    Michelle Wolf.

  30. Nicole says:

    Idris Elba!

  31. Nicole says:

    Idris Elba!