As of now, the 2019 Oscars – to be held Sunday, February 24, on ABC – is without a host.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences first considered Kevin Hart for the job, but he stepped down after the backlash to his history of homophobic remarks. Now the Academy is reportedly considering not having a host at all.
It’s hard to find someone interesting for the job. For the most part, the hosts for major awards shows are the same people who host late night comedy talk shows.
It makes sense. Hosting a major awards show is a tough job. They seem perpetually at risk of becoming stale, solemn affairs. It’s up to the host to keep it energetic, manage egos of big stars, and honor the TV shows, movies, or songs at the same time. This is pretty much what late-night talk show hosts do on a smaller scale every night.
But in a Balkanized media landscape, where there are so many different kinds of shows, movies, and types of music on so many different kinds of platforms, there’s also something to be said for ejecting the standard trope of having a white male late-night funnyman host the show.
Here are 27 potential Oscar hosts who could inject some more fun into the show while keeping it classy.