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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

August 19, 2011 at 10:08 AM

A poll: Should Billy Crystal host the Oscars again?

It may be only August, but Oscar talk is flying thick and fast these days, probably due to the debacle that was James-Franco-and-Anne-Hathaway-and-all-those-young-audience-members-who-didn’t-tune-in-anyway last time. (Poor Anne. At least she was trying.) Anyway, I think there’s a new recognition now that the Oscar host needs to be funny, or at least needs to not make people leave the room — and there seems to be a groundswell of support for Billy Crystal to return. Crystal hosted the ceremony in 1990-93, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2004, and to a lot of us he’s the quintessential Oscar guy. (My favorite Crystal moments: “Jack Palance is the father of all of these kids,” and his annual “It’s a Wonderful Night For Oscar” song medley.) Crystal himself has been dropping hints this year that he’d be interested in doing the gig again — and Oscar organizers can’t have missed noticing the standing ovation that he got during a brief appearance at the last ceremony. But at this point, show producer Brett Ratner says he isn’t even thinking about a host yet. So we shall see.
So, would you like to see Crystal host again, or somebody else? Let’s take a poll. I’m throwing in a handful of names of people who’ve hosted recently, people whose names have been floated to host, and people who I think would do a great job. If you think I’ve left somebody out, toss out his/her name in the comments. And let’s just try not to think about James Franco.

Who should host the next Academy Awards ceremony?

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