With 205 days until Oscar Sunday, it seems the Academy has begun its quest to find a host for the 85th Academy Awards.
According to the Los Angeles Times’ Nicole Sperling, outgoing president Tom Sherak initiated conversations with comedian Jimmy Fallon to host and “Saturday Night Live” veteran Lorne Michaels to produce next year’s Oscars ceremony.
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However, with Hawk Koch elected the new Academy president on Tuesday by the Board of Governors, Sherak ended those conversations, according to the article:
Sherak, reached for comment Wednesday afternoon, said that the academy’s Board of Governors gave him the authority two months ago to find a producer for the 2013 show. Sherak would not say whom he was talking to, but said he wasn't able to complete a deal before his term was up. “I couldn't meet that deadline, so I stopped all negotiations,” he said.“ABC has raised objections to having the late-night star from rival NBC play emcee on its Oscar broadcast, these people said, but the network has no authority to veto the choice of host,” Sperling writes.
While past talk show hosts from competing networks have hosted the Oscars before, Fallon’s show is in direct competition with ABC’s only late night how, Jimmy Kimmel.
Fallon told Matt Lauer on Aug. 8 that he was asked to host the Oscars and he said, “It’s not my year.”
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Remember, last year’s initial rumor that Oprah Winfrey could be hosting the Oscars turned out to be false — though the Academy’s Board did bestow its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to the network queen.
In recent interviews, Koch has said his first priority as president is to find a producer for the Oscars telecast and in turn, a host. A producer/host announcement could be days away or months away.
Last year, the Academy announced Bret Ratner and Don Mischer as producers on Aug. 4. He named Eddie Murphy host on Sept. 6. Ratner resigned as producer on Nov. 8 following increased media scrutiny over insensitive comments and Murphy followed suit. And the Academy was back to square one. Brian Grazer was then announced co-producer with Mischer on Nov. 9. And the following day, Billy Crystal announced he’d be hosting the 84th Academy Awards. In 2010, James Franco and Anne Hathaway were announced hosts for the 83rd Academy Awards on Nov. 29 — with producers being announced much earlier, in June. In 2009, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were named co-hosts on Nov. 3.
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