So let’s perhaps forget the notion of Ben Stiller for the Oscars or the idea of a second encore for Ricky Gervais with the Globes. At this fractured, social media-driven juncture, when everyone on Twitter is a wise-cracking comedian, the best option may well be to dispense with the idea of awards show hosts altogether.
Preliminary ratings for the 2011 VMAs reconfirm that viewers don’t need a host to enjoy the outfits, celebs, speeches and performances. While journalists and awards watchers get all worked up each year about who hosts what, that 18-to-34 demo that the Academy has so desperately been chasing doesn’t seem to really care.
If Brett Ratner and Don Mischner are given a mandate to jazz up the 2011 Oscars broadcast without the encumbrance of a host, perhaps something new and fresh is truly within reach. The Globes meanwhile are already the VMAs of the film awards circuit, so reclaiming their past model of a sans-host show would be obviously even more painless.