Who should host the 2017 Oscars? – Entertainment Weekly

It hasn’t even been a full 24 hours since Chris Rock concluded his second stint hosting the Academy Awards, but here at EW, we’ve already set our sights on next year’s Oscars. It’s never too soon to start making predictions for who might host the Oscars next year.

We rounded up a few possible contenders, both obvious and off-the-wall, as well as some of the standout presenters and guest stars from last night’s Oscar ceremony. (Sorry, Stacey Dash — you didn’t make the cut.) Check out a few of our picks below, and cast your vote for next year’s Oscar host in our poll.

Louis C.K.

At last night’s ceremony, Louis C.K. got saddled with presenting one of the less glamorous categories, Best Documentary Short Film, but he earned some of the night’s biggest laughs by comparing the documentarians to their big-budget Hollywood counterparts. “This Oscar is going home in a Honda Civic,” he joked. “This Oscar is going to be the nicest thing they ever own in their life.” If C.K. can make the introduction for Best Documentary Short Film one of the funniest moments of the night, imagine what he can do with the entire show. 


Kevin Hart

In his opening monologue, Rock joked that he wasn’t going to quit his hosting gig because “the last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart.” And while we don’t want to put Rock out of a job, Hart would make an excellent host. Before introducing The Weeknd’s performance last night, Hart gave an eloquent speech about the lack of diversity at this year’s Oscars, applauding his fellow actors and actresses of color for their performances — before cracking jokes about how he was hoping the #OscarsSoWhite controversy would help him land a coveted front row seat. That mix of inspirational candor and comedy is exactly what an Oscar host needs.

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert’s resume reads like it was tailor-made for an awards show host: The man can dance, sing, crack jokes, and deftly combine politicals and art. How has he not hosted a major awards show yet? One potential roadblock: ABC isn’t likely to feature a major star from a rival network.

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Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani

One night before the Oscars, Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani hosted the 2016 Spirit Awards, where they weren’t afraid to poke fun at both the movie industry and themselves. (“You wound up with us,” Nanjiani said. “A gay woman and a Pakistani man. Or as Hollywood thinks of us: a straight woman and her IT guy.”) But the night’s biggest highlight came when Nanjiani and McKinnon broadcast two pitch-perfect spoofs of Carol and Room. Imagine how much fun it would be if we could get McKinnon and Nanjiani to parody all the Best Picture nominees at next year’s Academy Awards. 

Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel is one of ABC’s biggest stars, and it’s a bit surprising that the network has never tapped him to host the Academy Awards. His post-Oscars special episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live was the perfect mix of stand-up, sketches, and ridiculous spoofs of Creed with Tracy Morgan — the kind of stuff that would make him an excellent host of the actual awards ceremony. And just think about all the Ben Affleck/Matt Damon jokes.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele

The former Key and Peele duo are making their foray into movies with the upcoming comedy Keanu, but Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s experience with sketch comedy could lend itself well to an innovative and witty Oscars ceremony. They also have a track record of tackling diversity issues with some of the sharpest, funniest sketches in recent memory — something the Oscars could always use. Besides, since Key and Peele ended, we just really miss seeing the two of them together on our TV.

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer

Award show duos work best when the two hosts have some chemistry, and who fits the bill better than another Comedy Central pair: Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Together, Jacobson and Glazer could bring their Broad City brand of feminism to the Oscars.

Hannibal Buress

While most of Hollywood had its eyes on the Oscars on Sunday night, standup comedian Hannibal Buress hosted an event for the water crisis in Flint, Mich., with Ava DuVernay, Stevie Wonder, Ryan Coogler, Janelle Monae, and more. In addition to being a funny and more-than-capable host, Buress wouldn’t be afraid to skewer all the pomp and circumstance of Hollywood’s stuffiest awards show.

Jacob Tremblay

The 9-year-old Room star capped off his adorable awards season run by cracking red carpet jokes, geeking out over the droids from Star Wars, and cheering on his costar Brie Larson when she won for Best Actress. He also proved that he’d make a decent awards show host when he presented Best Live Action Short Film with Beasts of No Nation star Abraham Attah — after Rock rushed out with a box to help him reach the microphone. 


John Oliver

If there’s one thing an Oscar host needs, it’s a sharp sense of humor. As the host of Last Week Tonight on HBO, John Oliver has revamped the late-night TV game with his incisive monologues and off-the-wall filmed pieces. Why not give him the chance to do the same with the Oscars?

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is already an author, actress, comedian, director, and producer. It’s only a matter of time before she adds “award show host” to that long list of accomplishments.

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio

C’mon. You know watching these two interact was the best part of this year’s Oscar broadcast. 

Cast your vote for next year’s Oscar host below. 


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