Ten people who should host the 2012 Oscars

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At least they make decent movies.
Is it time to already begin thinking about next year's Academy Awards show? Well, if you're like most Americans -- and critics, the venerable Roger Ebert among them -- who watched last night's show, then the answer is "yes."

The hipster hosts, 28-year-old Anne Hathaway and 32-year-old James Franco, didn't exactly bomb last night, but they did bore us. Franco seemed to be reprising his role in Pineapple Express, while Hathaway didn't seem to do anything memorable. Appearances by Alec Baldwin ("If this was my dream, I'd be hosting") and Billy Crystal (who mentioned 18-time host Bob Hope) reminded viewers of better awards shows. With last night's backward step behind us, let's look forward to the short list of people who should host next year.

10. Randy Newman
His warm performance and funny speech last night puts him in a good position to start off our list. He's been nominated an incredible 20 times for Oscars, and he won his second last night for his song in Toy Story 3. He's beloved, he can perform and he seems refreshingly approachable for a member of the entertainment industry. The above video is vintage Newman (1978).

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9. Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert
While their movie roles (Stewart now famously was the "Enhancement Smoker" in Half Baked, while Colbert's biggest role was in Strangers with Candy) are limited to fan favorites if not critical successes, they clearly are professionals on stage, best exemplified by the the Rally to Restore Sanity in D.C. back in October.

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8. Ellen DeGeneres
She's already hosted the Oscars once (back in 2007) and the Emmys (2001). She's the host of her own popular, goofy-dance drenched daytime talk show and, again, people like her. People love Ellen. There's a reason Oprah has never hosted (although she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for 1985's The Color Purple): She's too famous and somewhat polarizing. Not DeGeneres.

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7. Charlie Sheen
Drunk, sober, high or with a blond on his arm, at 45, Charlie Sheen is still American's favorite drunk uncle who can't get his act together, but that we're all still kind of jealous of because of his extravagant lifestyle (Phew!). Sheen is funny, an easy target and hopefully not above self-deprecation, and it would be the mark of an incredible comeback. While he may not be the youthful Bud Fox or Ricky 'Wild Thing' Vaughn any longer, but he still would make for an entertaining show.

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6. Jane Lynch
She's been memorable in cameos in acclaimed movies (Julie & Julia), voice-over work (Ice Age, Shrek Forever After) and TV roles -- the delicious Sue Sylvester on Glee -- so Lynch's comedic chops and professionalism make her a great candidate. And at age 50, she's the middle-age antidote to Hathaway, who seemed a bit out of her element last night.

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ThingsYouDo
ThingsYouDo

I vote for Christopher Nolan. Not because I like the guy but because of hilarious irony.

Grizzy
Grizzy

Best idea is hands down Justin Timberlake. He has shown on SNL he is willing to take shots at himself and he is absolutely hilarious and extremely charismatic.

oscar
oscar

Justin Timberlake - funny, would bring in the viewers too. win-win

SimbiAni
SimbiAni

Love Ellen- so either her, or Craig Ferguson!

He just simply never fails to be ~hilarious XD

jorvack
jorvack

Conan ObrienJulie Louis Dreyfess

chef504
chef504

All I know is that Franco, and Hathaway were terrible. As for getting a black host do some research. Dennis Leary would be a great change of pace. Larry David would also be a pretty interesting choice.

dfisher
dfisher

half of these are terrible ideas...

GreatWhiteJames
GreatWhiteJames

I think Tarantino could make for an excellent host of the Oscars. He is so passionate about the business of movie making.. they could fill the broadcast with just his stories, interspersed between awards.. and make for a magical evening.

Nick Lucchesi
Nick Lucchesi

Tarantino is a great suggestion. You know they wouldn't be late like they are every other year. He talks a mile a minute.

meme
meme

Maybe we have a black person this time..it's only 2011

Angelsolaris23
Angelsolaris23

and Whoopi Goldberg has hosted 4 times thank you very much!

Guy
Guy

sorry, but you are an idiot. Chris Rock hosted in 2005. don't be a freakin jackass with your dime store polictical crap

Blackahatfreak
Blackahatfreak

Ellen DeGeneres and Charlie Sheen would be a bad idea. Ellen isn't funny and Sheen would get drunk and fall off the stage after talking smack about his producer.

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