Poll: Should Charlie Sheen host the Oscars?
Vilanch, who's been on the writing team of many Oscar telecasts, was partly joshing, of course. He first started to answer the question by saying, "I think there might be a revival of Billy Crystal. It was such a success. They were so happy to see him that even as we speak, they're sending a gold wagon to his house: 'Please come back!' My guess is they'll go back to a comedian — maybe just one person, so you don't have to worry about servicing two."
But maybe Sheen's not such a crazy idea. He has received four Emmy nominations for starring in "Two and a Half Men" and currently he's honing his stand-up chops while on tour with his "Torpedo of Truth" act. He's also got Oscar cred. Sheen starred in "Platoon," which won best picture of 1986, and he appeared in "Wall Street" (1987) opposite Michael Douglas, who won a lead actor statuette for his performance in that Oliver Stone drama.
Sheen would certainly draw TV viewership, but that probably wouldn't be enough to convince academy chiefs to take a chance on a star who's such a notorious wild card, especially in light of his recent behavior.
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger in 1986 best picture Oscar winner "Platoon." Credit: 20th Century Fox