10 Much Cooler Oscar Hosts Than Billy Crystal

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Justin Timberlake should host the Oscars!
Okay, I have nothing against Billy Crystal. Really I don't. I like the guy. But do we really need him to host the Oscars AGAIN? I kind of feel like after Eddie Murphy dropped out, the Academy panicked and figured they better just go the safest route possible -- not that I blame them, after last year's Anne Hathaway/James Franco experiment. Pain-ful. Yowch.

There are plenty of potential hosts that fall somewhere on the celebrity cool spectrum between the hip but inexperienced and inept Franco and the funny but completely out-of-touch Crystal. PLENTY OF THEM.

Personally, I'm shocked the Academy didn't ask any of these coulda-been-brilliant-as-Oscar-host stars ...

  1. Justin Timberlake. OBVIOUSLY!!! This one's a no-brainer, Academy. He can sing, he can dance, he's got more personality than in his little toe than James Franco has in whole body. You want ratings? Put Justin Timberlake on that stage! Oh, and if they wanted to take another stab at the 2-host format? Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon. (Who would also make an awesome host all by himself.)
  2. Neil Patrick Harris. Um, hello? Did anybody besides me see the man host the Tony Awards? Sublime! Oh, and if they wanted to take another stab at the 2-host format? Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman. (Who would also make an awesome host all by himself.)
  3. Jon Stewart. Personally, I think he did a great job the last time he hosted, and the man only gets funnier every year. Plus, with the election coming up? Perfect timing!
  4. Stephen Colbert. (See above explanation for Jon Stewart, minus the bit about hosting before.)
  5. Ricky Gervais. Oh, come on. He was the most hilarious Golden Globes host ever. I didn't doze off once during that entire show! Hollywood can use the humiliation. Please.
  6. Ellen. Again, if you're going to insist on recycling a host, why not use one who's still culturally relevant??
  7. Alec Baldwin. (See above explanation for Ellen.)
  8. Chelsea Handler. Oh yeah. Snore no more! Will she rub a few folks the wrong way? Yes (but only if they ask her nicely).
  9. Jerry Springer. Demi and Ashton? Bieber and the babydaddy scandal? Lindsay Lohan's trainwreck of an existence? Put Jerry at the helm and watch the sparks fly!
  10. Charlie Sheen. 'Nuff said.

Who do you think should host the Oscars?

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