Your Average Picks For Who Will Host The 2018 #Oscars
Have the Oscars ever had three hosts? The reason we’re asking is because we know of three best friends who just so happen to be available for the entire 2018 calendar year and would love to do it. Well, at least two of us are available. After Sunday’s show, everyone is focusing on the Best Picture mishap, but if that didn’t happen, the only thing on people’s minds and computer screens would be the performance of Jimmy Kimmel. While we both agree that Kimmel did a great job, the only thing everyone agrees on nowadays is that everyone has an opinion, and everyone’s opinion is different. I think it’s time to move past this year’s show and look into the future of the Oscars, more specifically who will be the host next year. Kevin Spacey is the favorite to host with the pair of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig not far behind. Poor Seth Rogen and Jim Carrey are sitting comfortably in last. Here are our picks to host next year’s show!
My pick for next year’s show currently sits at 50/1 odds to host, and she’s arguably the most talented woman in comedy in today. Kate McKinnon is mostly known as the star of SNL, but recently she’s spread her wings and soared. She’s shined in Ghostbusters and Office Christmas Party and she’ll be the voice of Ms. Frizzle in the Magic School Bus reboot coming out later this year. Point being: Kate McKinnon is slowly showing up everywhere, and I think it’s time to put the spotlight solely on her. The main qualifications for an awards show host are 1. How they can handle being on live TV and 2. What type of monologue would they be able to pull off. Everyone knows McKinnon thrives on live TV thanks to her Emmy winning performance on SNL, and while she’s not a stand up comedian, skits like the ‘Kellyanne Conway’ one embedded above prove she can sing and dance with the best of them. She’s also hysterical, and has proven that she can handle a tune if she’s called upon to do so. Beyond the monologue, picking an SNL cast member to host would give the performer a chance to insert some of their more famous characters into the show. Instead of the host coming out segment after segment to introduce the presenters, why not have Olya Povlatsky or Mrs. Rafferty or Debette Goldry make an appearance? I dare you to look me in the eyes and tell me you wouldn’t want to see Debette Goldry show up at the Oscars and talk about making movies in the 1950s. McKinnon is a jack of all trades when it comes to live performance art, and I think she’d make one hell of a host for next year’s show.
Stage presence? Check. Cool as a cucumber? Check. Good under pressure? Check. Singing (and rhyming) ability? Double check. Funny and charming. Another double check. A national treasure who should be as equally loved as he is respected?? You know where this is going, so i’ll cut to the chase. Lin-Manuel Miranda (LMM) should be the host of the 2018 Oscars. Why? Well, because I like my Academy Awards host to have the ability to sneak in a few singing and dancing performances.
Back in 2013, Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscars. He did a fine job, sprinkling in a few performances, but he was a bit crass for the Oscars. The flip side to Seth’s hosting duties came in 2015 when Neil Patrick Harris helmed the 87th Oscars. And he was delightful; He dazzled with great performances and funny banter without ruffling any feathers.
Which brings me back to LMM. I think LMM could do what NPH did two years ago. He’s super popular right now which makes him relevant, not only to the people watching at home, but to the packed house of celebrities in front of him. He’s clearly no stranger to the stage (Hamilton helped him with that) and knows how to work a crowd. Born in Washington Heights, he has that New York edge that makes him equal parts edgy and relatable. He was just shy of going full EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) this year, but hosting duties at next year’s Oscars should help heal the wounds the Academy inflicted on him. One side note, he needs to wear his Alexander Hamilton costume. I will not waver on this.