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Poll: Who should host the Oscars?

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Now that we know who the next Oscar telecast producers will be -- veteran TV helmer Don Mischer and film director/producer Brett Ratner -- the big question to solve is who the host(s) will be. I think we can rule out a return by James Franco and Anne Hathaway after the drubbing they took for this year's ceremony.

Mischer was one of the producers of this year's event but has a long history of success with big events on TV, including the Emmy Awards, Super Bowl concerts and Olympic ceremonies. He most certainly learned what to do and most importantly what not to do for his next turn at bat. Ratner has never produced this type of show but has a deep love for film history and a reputation for knowing everybody in the business. Between the two of them, the presenter lineup should be glitzier than ever.

But what about the host or hosts for 2012? Here's a stable of stars associated with either Ratner or Mischer (and a few others for good measure) who might be up for the challenge.

Whoopi2HUGH JACKMAN -- Hosted to great acclaim in 2009 but has turned down the job since. Ratner directed him in "X-Men: The Last Stand," so he might just be the guy to convice him to come back.

BEN STILLER -- Has been an Oscar presenter on many occasions (remember his makeup presentation in "Avatar" makeup?) and had great success presenting/hosting on many live awards events. Ratner directed him in the upcoming film "Tower Heist" with Eddie Murphy.

KEVIN SPACEY -- Might be an unconventional choice to some but he is a great live performer who sings and does impressions (plus, he's a two-time Oscar winner). Ratner produced two of his films ("Horrible Bosses" & "21").

BILLY CRYSTAL -- An eight-time much-loved host of the Oscars who has turned down the job pretty much ever since. With a slowing career, this might be the right time for him to accept the offer again. He and Ratner share the same agent.

ELLEN DEGENERES -- Saying it was her lifelong dream, she hosted the ceremony in 2007. Mischer worked with her as host of the Emmys in 2001.

WILL SMITH -- If they want an international superstar to appeal globably, he might be a top choice. He would certainly bring a strong energy to the show. He and Ratner share the same agent.

JIMMY FALLON -- If ABC could swallow the fact that his show is on NBC, he might be suggested by Mischer because they worked together very well on the 2010 Emmys together.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS -- Always excels at these sorts of live events, having hosted the Tonys, Emmys and many other TV shows.

WILL FERRELL -- One of the top comedic actors working today and has extensive live experience from his "Saturday Night Live" days.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE -- With a film career at full speed, he also brings a wealth of live performing to the game. He has hosted/presented on the MTV Awards, ESPY Awards, "Saturday Night Live," and many other events. Would definitely appeal to a younger crowd.

OPRAH WINFREY -- Many speculated that she could be the type of host to bring all generations together plus draw a worldwide audience. With the announcement of her receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award this year, they may not want her hosting as well.

JON STEWART, STEVE MARTIN, ALEC BALDWIN, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, CHRIS ROCK -- Maybe they want to go to the well with a previous host just so they know what they're getting.

-- Tom O'Neil

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Photo: Oprah Winfrey is getting an honorary Oscar in November. Will she host next year? Credit: Reuters. Whoopi Goldberg would be a known quantity hosting the Oscars. Credit: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences


MTV Movie Awards: Did we mention it went beyond wardrobe malfunctions?

Justin and mila Early in the MTV Movie Awards, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis took the stage to present an award. Timberlake, the pop star and now actor, stepped behind the actress and reached around to cup her breasts. She responded with an unfazed smile and put her palm on his crotch. They smiled into the camera, perfectly positioned for 2011 cable-ready entertainment.
Who knew Timberlake's Super Bowl efforts toward Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" would seem so tame now?
— Geoff Boucher
Photo: Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis get a little grabby at the awards show. Credit: Getty Images.

Elton John on 'Saturday Night Live': Going for the EGOT

Eltonstory Elton John's appearance on "Saturday Night Live" tonight could be historic. If it results in an Emmy victory like past "SNL" guest turns by Justin Timberlake, Tina Fey and Betty White, he could become the 11th person to win the EGOT: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

In his lengthy career, Elton John has received just about every honor and award imaginable for a music performer.  He won an Academy Award (for "The Lion King"), a Tony Award (for "Aida"), six Grammy Awards (plus the honorary Grammy Legend), Kennedy Center Honors, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a knighthood from the Queen of England.

6a00d8341c630a53ef014e872090df970d-800wi What he is missing, however, is an Emmy. If he wins this year, he'll join these 10 EGOT giants:  Mel Brooks, John Gielgud, Whoopi Goldberg, Marvin Hamlisch, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Moreno, Mike Nichols, Richard Rogers and Jonathan Tunick. See our photo gallery of other stars close to getting the EGOT.

  John is the guest host on "Saturday Night Live" for the first time in the show's 36 seasons.  He did perform two songs as the musical guest on a 1982 episode hosted by Johnny Cash. As host, he will star in several comedy sketches, do a monologue and perform two or three songs (at least one with special guest Leon Russell).

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Cover your eyes and try not to look: Razzie Awards shortlist

When The Envelope ran a poll asking our readers what will win worst picture of 2010 at the Razzies, "Burlesque" pulled a notable score of 8% out of 11 choices, but it's not  on the shortlist of contenders recently sent to voters. Another shocker: Justin Timberlake isn't cited among choices for worst supporting actor as Boo Boo in "Yogi Bear." (However, his costar Dan Aykroyd is nominated for worst actor and "Yogi Bear" is up for worst picture.) What outrages!

Luckily, there's a place for write-in votes on the ballot as you can see in our separate post offering a close-up of the tally sheet.

-- Tom O'Neil

Yogi bear WORST PICTURE
"The Bounty Hunter"
"Clash of the Titans"
"The Expendables"
"Grown Ups"
"Jonah Hex"
"The Killers"
"The Last Airbender"
"Little Fockers"
"Sex and the City 2"
"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"
"Vampires Suck"
"Yogi Bear"

WORST EYE-GOUGING MISUSE OF 3-D
(Special category for 2010)
"Alpha and Omega"
"Cats & Dogs 2: Revenge of Kitty Galore"
"Clash of the Titans"
"Gulliver's Travels"
"Jackass 3D"
"The Last Airbender"
"My Soul to Take"
"The Nutcracker in 3D"
"Piranha 3D"
"Resident Evil: Afterlife"
"Saw 3D" (a.k.a. "Saw VII")
"Step Up 3D"
"Yogi Bear"

 

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Poll: Will 'Yogi Bear' hurt Justin Timberlake's Oscar hopes?

Uh-oh. Did Justin Timberlake commit a major boo boo when he agreed to do the voice of Boo Boo Bear in "Yogi Bear"? It opens on Dec. 17  just days after he's likely to get a Golden Globe nomination for supporting actor in "The Social Network" (Globe voters, let's face it, love sexy, glam stars) and revs up his Oscar campaign.

Boo Boo Bear is such a silly role that it may encourage academy members not to take Justin seriously as an actor. Most Oscarologists believe that the unfortunate timing of the release of "Norbit" helped to torpedo Eddie Murphy's Oscar dream to win supporting actor for "Dreamgirls" in 2006. Could "Yogi Bear" be a nightmare for Justin?

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I asked our forum posters if they believe Justin's role as Boo Boo Bear could hurt his Oscar chances. Select responses below. See more here.

Alfred Hitchrock: Yes

Puxzkkx: He wasn't going to be nominated anyway, so this is moot. What you should worry about is whether NO STRINGS ATTACHED will hurt Portman's Oscar chances. ;-)

Babypook: Well Tom, I think Boo Boo will help Justin Timberlake, in his pocket book. Perhaps he's truly smarter than the average bear. It can't be worse than The Love Guru anyways.

Benito Celicias: Did "Casanova" hurt Heath Ledger? Did "All About Steve" hurt Sandra Bullock? There must be a thousand more examples like this. Nobody cares about "Yogi" and nobody cares about Justin when Andrew Garfield plus the other men in the category are there.

742: "Norbit" was a very special circumstance. Eddie Murphy was the front-runner, but it was a close race for supporting actor, and Alan Arkin already had a lot going for him (in a Best Picture nominee, plus the overdue veteran factor). "Dreamgirls" was a big comeback vehicle for Murphy, and then he showed the Academy he was driving himself right back off that cliff when "Norbit" came out -- right when voters were marking their ballots. I think that was the rare case when a flop movie at the wrong time truly hurt someone's Oscar hopes. Even if "Yogi Bear" sucks (which it looks like it does) and flops (maybe it will, maybe it won't), you can hardly recognize that it's Timberlake's voice, and if you can recognize it, you're at least impressed with his ability to be so unrecognizable in a voice role. At least, I am. I don't plan to see the film, but if NSync hasn't hurt his career, I don't think "Yogi Bear" is much of a threat to it.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photos: "Yogi Bear" (Warner Bros.), "The Social Network" (Columbia)



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