15 Duos We Want to See Host the 2016 Oscars
Did you hear? We’re getting two hosts for next year’s Academy Awards.
Producer David Hill recently let slip that the 2016 Oscars will have not one, but two masters of ceremony, telling Entertainment Weekly, “There will be multiple hosts for sure — there will be two.”
“Two is better than one,” he explained, before joking, “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.”
Hill’s fellow producer, Reginald Hudlin, later confirmed that the idea of multiple emcees have been tossed around.
“We have absolutely talked about duos. We’ve talked about a lot of different configurations,” he said. “I love that David is a flamethrower, and I’m always way more secretive and tight-lipped. But we’re still very much in the brainstorming phase.”
Seeing how the last twosome to host the Oscars — Anne Hathaway and James Franco — infamously crashed and burned in their hosting duties, we’ve decided throw a few better names into the ring to make sure the trainwreck that was the 2011 Oscars will never happen again. Here are 15 dynamic duos we’d like to see take center stage at the Academy Awards:
1. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
After killing it year after year at the Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the obvious choice to host the Oscars. Given that the BFFs also ended their three-year contract with The Hollywood Foreign Press awards last December, it wouldn’t surprise us if they jumped ship and found themselves hosting a (better) award show come 2016.
2. Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer
They’re already best friends and working on a screenplay together, so why not make them Oscar hosts as well? Jennifer Lawrence is already the Academy Awards’ golden child, having already won an actual Oscar. Meanwhile, Hollywood just can’t get enough of Amy Schumer’s comedy. Come on, it’s a match made in heaven.
3. Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell
4. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart
If the Academy isn’t too keen on putting the spotlight on women (which, as history has proved in the past, they aren’t), we suggest that they enlist Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart as hosts. By the time awards season rolls around, Colbert would’ve settled nicely into his new gig at The Late Show, while Stewart would have already spent a few well-deserved months off-camera following his Daily Show exit.
5. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake
If the Academy wants to connect with the more youthful crowd, they may want to direct their attention to Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, who’ve already proven that they’re “with it” by being spokespeople for Apple. We look forward to the day when Oscar hosts can play Box of Lies and break raw eggs on each other’s heads.
6. Kanye West and a hologram of Kanye West
If Donald Trump can be a presidential candidate, why can’t we live in a world where a future presidential candidate like Kanye West can host the Oscars? We’re guessing the rapper would want the stage to himself, so here’s hoping the Academy has a hologram machine.
7. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson
8. Zac Efron and Nick Jonas (While shirtless, of course.)
9. Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn
10. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson
Because we all know True Detective Season 1 had the far more superior duo.
11. Taylor Swift and Someone From Her #Squad
Taylor Swift should hold a Hunger Games-esque competition to determine who in her famous squad is her best friend. The champion gets to go on to host the Oscars.
12. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul
13. Chris Pratt and Blue the Velociraptor
It’s no secret that Jurassic World smashed the competition as one of 2015’s biggest movies. What better way to celebrate that feat than by having Chris Pratt and his CGI pet, Blue the Velociraptor, host the Academy Awards the following year?
14. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele
One of the biggest criticisms to have come out of the 2015 Oscars was that the Academy is far too white. We have a feeling Comedy Central’s Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will have some pretty good material about that.
15. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler
In case Tina Fey is busy.