December 03, 2016

Jimmy Fallon passes on hosting next year’s Oscars


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s a coveted gig. And yet, despite rumors that he’d be interested, Jimmy Fallon confirmed today that he will not be hosting the Academy Awards earlier next year.

“I’m not going to do the Oscars,” Fallon told Matt Lauer during a “Today” show interview. “I was honored to be asked by the Academy, but it’s not my year.”

That’s unfortunate. Fallon has been an eager and energetic host for the MTV Movie Awards and the Primetime Emmys. Granted, those shows aren’t quite the event that the Academy Awards turn out to be, but they are good training grounds for the Oscars, and Fallon appeared to pass “the test” with flying colors.

So Academy President Tom Sherak is back to square one. There’s time. This is nowhere near as dire of a situation as when Eddie Murphy dropped out of the hosting position in support of his producer Brett Ratner during a particularly turbulent time in last year’s preparations.

So if not Fallon, then whom? Would you like to see Oscar go back to a familiar face? Or like they did with Anne Hathaway and James Franco (or considered with Murphy), would you like to see them go in a completely different direction? When we last opened this up for discussion, the name we heard suggested over and over again was Emma Stone, who has proven herself a winning presenter at previous awards shows (including the Oscars).

Does she have what it takes to host? Let us know your thoughts.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • August 8, 2012 | Permalink |

    Sean, please, Emma Stone is very overrated . Her humor is always forced , and she gives the same performances in all her movies. Trust me, if the more talented, Anne Hathaway couldn’t say the Oscars with bad writing and horribly produced show. Stone cannot pull it off. The Oscars need to hire cutting edge writers and an edgy Oscar host.

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