Oscars 2010: Hugh Jackman Out, Neil Patrick Harris In? [Updated]

UPDATE: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin have been confirmed as the duo of hosts for the Academy Awards in 2010. Click here for details.

If you're like me and very much enjoyed the job Hugh Jackman did hosting the Oscars last year, you'll maybe be a bit disappointed to learn that he probably won't be hosting the ceremony when that time rolls around again early next year. /Film reports that sources are saying that although he's not ruling out hosting the Oscars in future years to come, he doesn't want to do it two years in a row.

Personally, I don't really see the issue there - Jackman did a great job and whether he repeats that success a few years down the line or the year after doesn't really matter (Billy Crystal did it four years in a row from '89-'92). But that's just me.

Anyway, that now leaves the position open to other entertaining people to step in and pick up the reigns now that Jackman has apparently let go of them for at least a year. So who's being lined up to fill the position? Well, apparently none other than Neil Patrick Harris. The guys over at WeAreMovieGeeks say they have a tip from "a very good inside source" that NPH will be hosting the Oscars in 2010.

Those of you who tuned into the Emmys in September will know NPH recently did a fantastic job hosting the show. He really held his own by being equal parts competent at keeping the show moving at a pretty swift pace and still finding the time to slip in some hilarious jokes/skits (his song about the different networks, as well as his Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog segment stick out as highlights for me). Since he did such a good job and he's both a comedian and a movie personality, it's makes sensel that he would host the Oscars, too. After all, the show is celebrating the world of movies, so I don't really see why a talk show host, for example, should "present" it.

So if NPH turns out to be the host for the Oscars next year, I'll be not just content but happy with it. He's a fine choice, for sure. But to be completely honest he wouldn't be my first pick. So who would be? Well, I'm glad you asked :P . To me, there's one actor who comes straight to mind when I hear the words "Oscar host"...

... George Clooney. To me he's one of the few remaining true classic-style movie stars that used to be the norm back in the days of Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant. He's suave, charming, and confident, and added to that he's a bonafide movie star that will certainly draw in an audience (read: the ladies) - IMO you've got the perfect Oscar host. It probably won't happen for the Oscars in 2010, but they'd be crazy not to use him at least once at some point.

Screen Rant will keep you updated on whether this Neil Patrick Harris hosting news is true or not (I have a feeling it will be). But for now: What do you think of Jackman not hosting again and Harris hosting instead? Do you agree that Clooney would be a good pick to host? If not, who do you have in mind instead?

The Oscars will air as usual around February/March, 2010.

Sources: /Film and WeAreMovieGeeks

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