As the fall film festival season gets underway this week with Venice and Telluride debuting this year’s biggest awards contenders, plans are solidifying for next year’s Oscar ceremony. Neal Meron and Craig Zadon, who produced the last three telecasts, are not returning for the 2016 ceremony, and the Academy announced yesterday that former Fox executive David Hill and former BET entertainment president Reginald Hudlin are this year’s producers. Few were happy with Meron and Zadon’s work after three years of inexplicably music-heavy telecasts and disappointing hosts (how does one make Neal Patrick Harris unlikeable?), so any change is a good change, but the odd couple pairing of Hudlin and Hill should make for an interesting shift.
While a host has yet to be announced, we do know one way things will be different: Hudlin and Hill tell EW that there will be two hosts (though in another separate interview they walked these comments back a bit, saying they’re still in the brainstorming phase). There’ve been duos before with mixed results. Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin were great, Anne Hathaway and James Franco were a disaster.
One promising pairing that EW throws out as a possibility is Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who would single-handed make the telecast worth watching no matter the films nominated. With that potential floated around it’s tough to even think of better alternatives, but I’m sure some are out there. Though highly unlikely, a Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert team up would be fun. A possibility that’s a tad more realistic is Steve Martin and Martin Short, which would be pretty fantastic. I’ve yet to think of anything that beats Key and Peele though, so sound off in the comments with what duo you think should host the upcoming Academy Awards.
The 2016 Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC on February 28th.