Musical Veterans Zadan And Meron Will Produce Oscars, So Who Should Host?
Though for a while the Academy seemed to be courting SNL mastermind Lorne Michaels to produce this year's Oscar broadcast, they've finally settled on a team a little more traditional, and a lot more familiar with the kind of spectacle that gets people to tune into the awards. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producing team behind recent movie musical hits like Chicago and Hairspray, were announced Thursday as this year's Oscar producers by Academy President Hawk Koch.
If you think that marks a return to the kind of song-and-dance numbers that Hugh Jackman excelled at when he hosted the Oscars a few years back, well, Zadan and Meron think so too, but it's too early to make any promises yet. Talking to THR Meron said "“We really haven’t had time to get concrete about anything, but certainly music is in our DNA. It’s certainly not going to be ignored. But we have to take a look at the big picture and see how all that fits together."
And, unsurprisingly, a lot of that planning depends on what the year's nominees wind up being. They can start planning a big song-and-dance parody of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, but what if it somehow turns out to be a flop? Can they count on Beasts of the Southern Wild, the big indie hit of the summer, to show up on Oscar night? For that matter, they're not even sure who the host will be-- or if they do know, they're not telling.
In the two days we’ve had to talk creatively with Hawk, we’ve thrown out some ideas, and there are a couple of people who floated to the top that we all got really excited about,” Zadan said. "We, of course, haven’t done anything about it yet. Now that we’re doing the show, we’ll be going to talk to the person or the people that we want to talk to."
When Eddie Murphy was hired to host the show last year, he came as a package deal with producer Brett Ratner, who signed on as producer around Labor Day. Hopefully whoever Zadan and Meron pick to host will actually stick around through the ceremony this time, and we can probably hope to hear who that person is in the coming weeks. I'd be 100% down with another Hugh Jackman-hosted ceremony, but he may very well be a nominee for Les Miserables and might not have the time. So what other musical-capable person ought to handle it? Let us know in the comments below.
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