The awards show is looking for a way to stay fresh.
Last year was nothing short of a disaster for Neil Patrick Harris, who received critical reviews for his turn as host of the Oscars. That, along with fledgling ratings, may be the reason that the Oscars are looking for a way to mix things up with this year's event. According to a recent report, the production team behind the show is looking for a two or more hosts this year. The show's producer, David Hill, told EW, “There will be multiple hosts for sure – there will be two,” Hill said.
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Why does the team feel like they need two hosts? “Two is better than one,” he said, before adding, as a joke, “Just imagine, you’re in there. One of your hosts drops dead from cardiac arrest. What do you do? Second host goes on! And you keep going. … Note to self. Check out their heart rates.”
Everyone was quiet about just who the duo would be - but there has already been speculation. Some think that the Oscars will try to tap Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who has famously hosted the Golden Globe Awards to much success, but they have said they are done. Others believe it might be two people out of the late night world - perhaps Jimmy Fallon and Jon Stewart or Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel. The most likely guess so far could be Comedy Central's Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele (Key and Peele) who memorably performed at the White House Correspondence Dinner.
Of course this is a gamble as well, as the last time they had two hosts the show didn't get the best reviews either: Anne Hathaway and James Franco. A pair also hosted in 2010, when Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin joined forces, this time to much more success.
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No matter what, it can't get that much worse than last year, can it? As long as they don't ask Franco back.