According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is targeting Oprah Winfrey to host the next Oscars. Apparently, she's been at the top of the list each year, but this might be their best chance to nab the all-powerful O, who ended her daytime talk show in May after 25 years (for those of you rock-dwellers who hadn't heard) to focus on running her OWN cable network.
Winfrey would definitely be a headline-grabbing get for the Oscars, which has desperately been seeking ratings boosts in recent years. And her decades of experience hosting live television would be a marked contrast to the roundly criticized performance from the lovely-to-look-at but callow James Franco and Anne Hathaway at this year's Oscars.
Also, Winfrey has been interviewing the major winners for special post-Oscar episodes of her show for years now, so she's definitely comfortable leading all the Oscar pomp and circumstance. And her star power and chummy Hollywood relationships could bring even more boldfaced names to the starry telecast. After all, her farewell spectacular drew the likes of Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Beyoncé, Halle Berry, Jerry Seinfeld, Usher, Simon Cowell, Jamie Foxx, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Maya Angelou, and many others.
Would you like to see Oprah host the Oscars next February?
- Andre Chautard, YH Staff