Martin & Baldwin To Host Oscars (Find Out Who Almost Did!)

Published 5 years ago by , Updated April 15th, 2014 at 11:18 am,

Last week we reported on the fact that the all-singing, all-dancing host of the 2009 Oscars, Hugh Jackman had turned down the opportunity to return in 2010 because he didn’t want to host two years in a row. At the same time, there was a rumor flying around that Neil Patrick Harris was going to be picking up the reigns, after doing such a great job at the Emmys in September. Although not my first choice for an Oscar host (I still maintain George Clooney is the perfect choice), NPH would have been a fine runner-up, IMO.

However, as happens a lot with these pesky little things we call rumors, NPH hasn’t gotten the gig. So who has? Well, I’m glad you asked – none other than Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. That’s right, the Academy has decided to double-up this year and bring on a comedic acting duo.

For the most part, this news is being taken very well by movie fans around the web. I will happily lump myself in with that majority: Martin and Baldwin are great choices, and I very much look forward to them working as a team to (hopefully) keep the Oscars entertaining – particularly when there are so many elements of the actual Oscar ceremony – namely the musical numbers and endless montages – that often drag it down. This will be Martin’s third time hosting (his first two times in 2001 and 2003 are highlights for the show) which means first-timer Baldwin will be able to somewhat rely on him.

Having said that, inevitably they weren’t the only names attached as hosting possible hosts apart from the aforementioned Neil Patrick Harris; a few other names also got thrown into the mix. Nikki Finke reported yesterday that Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Stiller were apparently approached by newly selected producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic to host as a duo. My first reaction to that was – “Man, that would have been killer!” Other than Clooney, Downey Jr. would be my pick for perfect Oscar host, and since he and Stiller worked together on Tropic Thunder, I bet the dynamic between the two would have been dynamite. However, for an unknown reason, the two actors turned down the opportunity. A real shame, IMO.

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However, that’s not all: In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, producers Shankman and Mechanic said they tried to get Martin and 30 Rock co-star (and Oscar co-presenter) Tina Fey to host as a duo, before turning to Baldwin. Here’s an excerpt from the interview about why they couldn’t get Fey to host:

“It was a really quick discussion and it was mostly about ‘do you think that could work?’ It wasn’t that she (Fey) turned us down but her work schedule right in that time, she’s writing the last of her shows, and we realized then that it wouldn’t work. But they [Fey and Martin] were so great on the show together (the Oscars last year) and he’d done 30 Rock. Once again there were lots of discussions in there.”

Shankman also said that the reason for bringing on a duo to host this time is, “in the interests of streamlining the show,” and revealed that Martin and Baldwin will be used both together and separately, which is a good idea in my eyes (keeps things more interesting). If you’re interested, you can read the rest of the interview over at EW.

So there you have your next Oscars hosts in Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. As I said, I think they’re great choices, and the fact that they’re not an already-established comedy duo will make for an interesting dynamic. However, once again the Oscars go another year without my pick, Goerge Clooney, being given the chance to charm the pants off the viewers and the star-studded audience of fellow actors and filmmakers. If and when he gets the gig in the future, just note that I championed him here on Screen Rant icon smile Martin & Baldwin To Host Oscars (Find Out Who Almost Did!) .

What do you think of Martin and Baldwin being the hosts of the 2010 Oscars, particularly as a duo? If you’re not happy with the choices, who would you have chosen instead?

The Oscars will air on March 7th,  2010.

Sources: THR, InContention, Nikki Finke (thanks to Cinemablend)

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  1. Cool….to bad I don’t care about the oscars anymore.

  2. I look foward to the new hosts
    but Downey Jr.and Stiller would indeed have been excellent choices .
    Too bad it didnt work out.

  3. @Ross Miller & Gary…

    As much as I like the thought of having Downey Jr.and Stiller
    co-host the Oscars, the person I’d have the most empathy for is the poor person who’s in charge of the 10-second delay button, especially if something’s said which shouldn’t have been said. ;)

    While Martin and Baldwin may be a “safe” choice, I think it might work. At least, we might not have any bleeps during the program.

  4. Ross you must be forgetting the upcoming film, “Its Complicated” starring Meril Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

    Its pretty complicated, here’s the plot of “Its Complicated”
    (Meril gets caught up in a romantic love triangle with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.)

    Amazing coincidence that they’re co-hosting the Oscars,,, ;-)
    Pluto must be in Saturn this week?

  5. George Clooney? Really? We all know that he feels that the Oscars is a venue for shoving his political beliefs down the throats of those unfortunate enough to see him speak… Thank goodness he’s not hosting…

  6. Love Steve Martin. This should be good!

  7. A small community in Southern California nominates and awards films they like – meanwhile the rest of the nation could care less about not only their choices but the actual winners so that’s why America does not watch anymore.

    I am sure that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will be funny – but is that what the Oscars have become? Gone are the days when you could care less about who the host was because you wouldn’t dare miss the Oscars because you cared about the films being nominated – you actually had favorites! and you care who won them. Our family reunion – in age from 17 to 81 – over sixty people and none watch any awards shows anymore. And the reasons are 1) too many award shows 2) that there is no star or film nominated that are of interest.

    HEY – America used to be huge OSCAR FANs and I never missed one from the 1960′s through the 1980′s – but in the 1990′s they just started on their downhill spiral. What I would watch – is a rebroadcast of the 1930′s – 1970′s Oscar shows – now that would be really interesting.

    And the politics – both on how the nominations are decided on and how the winner is picked. The personal comments that they make about their moral or political views? Let their comments reflect their thanks to friends/families or their craft – GREAT. Your doctor doesnt give you acting advice, I am not interested in moral or political advice from an actor on an award show – PERIOD!

    The Oscars are going the way of Miss America pagents – soon they will be on cable TV (most likely HBO!) because their viewership will continue to decline no matter who the host is.

  8. @Former Oscar Fan…

    I think telecasting the Oscars on HBO would be a great idea. At least, the show would be shorter and air uncensored and unedited. :)