Saturday, July 11, 2015

Topic Of The Day: Tips For Picking An Oscar Host

Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of Topic Of The Day. For today's topic, I will give some suggestions that the Academy should consider when picking out the host for the next ceremony and for others in the future. Here we go:

Find Someone Who Can Do Improv: One of the chief complaints that Neil Patrick Harris received was how some of his jokes fell flat. But that I pin on the writers. So I would suggest picking someone who can do comedic improv really well so that the host can potentially have good timing and not succumb to poorly written jokes. Maybe a stand up comedian.

Pick Someone Who Has Hosting Experience: Hosting the Oscars is a tricky gig. Because it is such a prestigious event and the biggest night in Hollywood there is bound to be pressure on the host who has to be lively and keep the guests entertained.  So it would be wise to select someone who has hosted other awards ceremonies. That's why Neil Patrick Harris seemed like an easy choice as he hosted the Emmys and the Tonys. Even Chris Rock hosted the MTV Video Music Awards.

If You Go With A Pair, Go With People That Have Experience Working With Each Other: I would highly suggest Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but apparently, they don't want to take the gig. There is also two other SNL alum, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Anyonw who has seen The Skeleton Twins knows they have great chemistry and they could successfully play off one another on stage. One of the reasons James Franco and Anne Hathaway didn't fare too well as hosts is because Hathaway had to be full of energy throughout the entire show to make up for Franco's lack of energy and physical presence. So if I were to go with a pair, I'd go with actors who are already accustomed to playing off one another on screen like maybe two actors from the Judd Apatow clan (Steve Carell and Will Ferrell or Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen, etc.) or Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin if they want to appeal to the older demographics.

Possibly Pick Someone Who Is Active On Social Media: I'm sure one of the reasons last year's Oscars had such high ratings is because Ellen broke Twitter when she made that celebrity selfie. Because the Oscars are watched by millions of people across the globe and because a lot of younger viewers are on social media, it would be neat for those younger viewers to be pulled into watching the show because of a famous host who uses Twitter.

But one person I would suggest to possibly be the next host is Kevin Hart. He has experience in stand up comedy, previous hosting experience, and is not only active on Twitter, but because he is such a big name, he can attract a young and diverse demographic. Here's another bonus: He wants the gig! So he'll surely bring the right zing the show needs. If I were to put him in a pair, I'd go with Anna Kendrick as his co-host. Sure, she doesn't have much experience hosting other awards shows.  But like Hart, she's active on Twitter and could bring in a younger crowd. Plus, she has good comedic timing and can be musical. They already had good chemistry when presenting at the Oscars this year, so that's a good start.

So those are a few tips I would give to the Academy when picking out the next Oscar host. Whether you agree or disagree or would like to offer your own tips, please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!