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Good things come in twos: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, Boy Scouts and zombies, etc. It seems like the producers behind the Oscars are finally getting hip to this concept. After Fey and Poehler proved that two Golden Globes hosts are better than one, the Academy Awards are looking to have their own dynamic duo for the 2016 Oscars ceremony.
David Hill, a former executive of Fox, will produce the awards show with Reginald Hudlin, and he told Entertainment Weekly of this new development. And, according to the magazine, they already have a pair in mind! Though, they are not ready at the moment to reveal who. Hill said:
There will be multiple hosts for sure – there will be two... Two is better than one. 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.
How I Met Your Mother star and all-around beloved human being Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 2015 Oscars, which was reviewed as one of the more weaker shows in recent memory. Previous hosts also include Ellen DeGeneres, who killed it with her pizza delivery man and Oscar selfie; Family Guy and American Dad creator Seth MacFarlane, who was royally bashed for his "We Saw Your Boobs" bits; and Billy Crystal, whose stints were largely praised but also once included a black-face sketch. So yeah, no one's perfect. Selecting two hosts instead of one isn’t a first for the Oscars, but it’s a matter of choosing the right pair. We don’t want to have another James Franco-Anne Hathaway situation on our hands.
Of course, many of us would like to see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host every awards ceremony, but in case they are all pooped out, we have some other exceptions. As EW points out, Key and Peele (aka Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) are obvious choices. The duo made names for themselves with their hit Comedy Central series, which recently went viral yet again for their hilarious sketch around Gremlins 2 and how that insane film came to be so insane.
Then there’s the previously mentioned Amy Schumer. She and J-Law have been making headlines thanks to Instagram pics of their jet skiing and human pyramid-building skills, as well as dancing on a piano on stage at a Billy Joel concert. Lawrence could easily be nominated for Best Actress during the ceremony, as she has yet another David O. Russell film premiering later this year, so she might not be the best person to host. But Schumer could definitely handle the responsibility. Ride Along comedian Kevin Hart also said he wants to host the 2016 Oscars, but with the producers looking for a double act, there’s no one who instantly comes to mind as being a perfect match for his brand of humor.
The 2016 Oscars will air on February 28, so there’s still some time for the producers to make their decision. Any suggestions?