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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 26, 2009 at 4:11 PM

As P & P slips away for a few weeks, let’s talk Oscar hosts

Dear readers, please note that Popcorn & Prejudice is going on hiatus while its CEO (that would be me) takes a little vacation. I’ll be back on November 16, rested and refreshed and ready to make all manner of comments about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and why neither of them seem able to keep from looking mildly nauseated in “Twilight” — and, possibly, in “New Moon.” And where am I going? Well, let’s just say that a favorite movie of mine was partly shot there, and I’ll feature it when I get back and finally get around to launching Hat Movie Week. In the meantime, think about your favorite movie hats. There will be a quiz. Well, no, there won’t.
(This means, alas, no more “Mad Men” blogs, as the season ends in two weeks, before I return. Talk amongst yourselves, and thanks for all the great comments about the show.)
And one last topic, before I vanish: Today Variety reported that Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes; yes, the same Ricky Gervais who yelled at Kate Winslet from the podium something to the effect of “I told you that if you do Holocaust movies, the awards will come!” last year. The Golden Globes are always fun to watch; they just, to my mind, got even better. Over at the more staid Oscarcast, the job of producing the show has just been given to studio exec Bill Mechanic and director/choreographer Adam Shankman (“Hairspray,” “Bedtime Stories”). Shankman’s a former dancer who frequently judges “So You Think You Can Dance,” so we can expect a fairly dancey show.
But who will host? Though there’s no official comment, I’m hearing buzz that Hugh Jackman won’t be back. Could be wrong — buzz sometimes is, you know, just buzz — but if that’s the case, who would you like to see host the Oscars? I’ve long thought that Lily Tomlin, so engaging when she presented an award with Meryl Streep a few years ago, would be perfect, and of the recent Oscar hosts my favorite is probably Steve Martin. (In just a few seconds in last year’s show, Martin stole it, interrupting Tina Fey mid-sentence with a stern, and wonderfully random “DON’T fall in love with me!”) So why not have them host together, in an “All of Me” reunion? (Seen “All of Me?” Go rent it. It’s great.) But who do you think? Somebody younger? Somebody more serious? George Clooney? Should we just give in to the inevitable and have Pattinson and Stewart host the damned thing?
Have a nice chat, see some great movies (I loved “An Education,” coming to Seattle Nov. 6) and enjoy some popcorn; I’ll be back in a few weeks. For now, so long . . .

Sorry. Couldn’t resist. Later.

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