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Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin will co-host the Oscars

November 3, 2009 |  5:18 pm
Alechulu Between them they've hosted "Saturday Night Live" at least a couple thousand times, so why not invite Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin to host the Academy Awards? The duo will follow in Hugh Jackman's Oscar-hosting footsteps for the 82nd incarnation of the show, the Envelope's Circuit blog reports.

“We think the team of Steve and Alec are the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars,” the producers said in a statement. “Steve will being the experience of having hosted the show in the past and Alec will be a completely fresh personality for this event.”

With Ricky Gervais setting the comedic tone early in the awards season as emcee of the Golden Globes, we could be in for a few more laughs than usual this time around. 

Ahem, um, not that we watch awards shows. Because nobody watches those things anymore! Duh! That's so uncool!


Folks don't follow celebrity gossip either, we're told.

Below, check out a completely unrelated (but amusing) video interview for the upcoming Nancy Meyers film "It's Complicated," showing how Martin and Baldwin interact.

And just ignore Meryl Streep if you would, please, because c'mon, what are the chances that she'd show up for the Oscars?

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: The academy must have taken Alec Baldwin's Hulu world-domination threat pretty seriously -- they've made him an Oscars co-host along with self-described comedian-banjoist Steve Martin (pictured backstage at Cafe Largo before a September 2009 concert in L.A.). Credits: Hulu screen grab, top left; Matt Sayles / Associated Press, center right.