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

November 8, 2010 at 2:22 PM

So, who should host the Oscars?

Sad news, Wolverine fans: Deadline reports this morning that Hugh Jackman was offered the Oscar-host gig this year (he previously hosted in 2008), and has turned it down. No word on who’s next on the Academy’s list — maybe Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, who hosted last year, though they got mixed reviews as a duo — but a decision should be coming soon. Meanwhile, speculation and suggestion is rampant. Movieline proposes Neil Patrick Harris, Martin (solo), Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Joan Rivers. Hmm, I didn’t think Gervais was that great hosting the Golden Globes, and Fey and Harris aren’t really movie people. Martin’s previously hosted solo before and been very good. As for Rivers — who’d be timely, as the documentary “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” just might earn an Oscar nomination this year — well, she’d certainly liven things up, though probably not in the way the Academy would like. (I’d watch.) Over at the Washington Post, blogger Jen Chaney offers her own list: Robert Downey Jr. (now we’re getting somewhere), the duo of Fey and Jon Hamm (adorable, but again, TV people), Sandra Bullock (hmm), the duo of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (yeah, right) and The Muppets (yes!).
Let’s consider this one. I’ve long wanted to see Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin co-host the awards (they gave a tribute to Robert Altman on Oscar night a few years back, and it was perfection). Stephen Fry is a brilliant host, with plenty of experience on the BAFTAs. Will Smith, perhaps? Emma Thompson? Owen Wilson? You tell me.
And maybe the Academy could invite The Great Flydini, as well . . .

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