Hosting the Academy Awards may be the most dangerous gig in the entertainment industry. Steering the increasingly bloated broadcast to conclusion while being entertaining has been a Herculean task. Nowadays the Oscars can’t even find a host without controversy. In 2011 Eddie Murphy was going to host, but decided against it. That was after the show also lost producer Brett Ratner, who made some homophobic comments.
The negotiations this year appear to be going just as well. According to a Los Angeles Times account, The Academy wants NBC late night host Jimmy Fallon, who earned kudos for his 2010 Emmy hosting gig. The Oscars desperately want younger viewers, and Fallon speaks to that need. ABC airs the award broadcast howver, and apparently has no desire to promote a rival talk show host. ABC host Jimmy Kimmel is doing The Emmys, leaving him out of consideration here.
The Academy isn’t obligated to get ABC’s approval for its choice. It may not want to ruffle feathers, however. Whatever happens, they must make sure there’s not another debacle like James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosting. She was eager and obviously trying to avert the train wreck. Franco looked like he was auditioning for a “Pineapple Express” sequel.