One of the big discussion points around the Oscars every year, along with winners, losers, snubs and the length of the show, is the host. The last two years have seen late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel on hosting duties, but as of yet the 91st Academy Awards next year do not have a host. Lots of names will be thrown out there until a host is announced, and actor Chris Evans too has someone in mind: his MCU co-star Robert Downey Jr. Check it out:
I second that nomination. All in favor? Chris Evans’ choice of Robert Downey Jr. to host the Oscars is an inspired one and would certainly offer something different than what we have seen in recent years with hosts like Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Seth MacFarlane and Neil Patrick Harris. He may not have the same sort of comedy background as some of the previous hosts, but with the right material, Robert Downey Jr. could probably kill it.
Like the once and future(?) Captain America, I think many of us might like to see Robert Downey Jr. preside over the ceremony, but that is no guarantee of anything. We don’t know if Robert Downey Jr. would even take the job if offered or if the mere nomination is enough for Tony Stark to start another Civil War with Cap.
It would be a somewhat poetic choice though, especially if Black Panther gets the Oscar nomination love that people are hoping and predicting it will get. Robert Downey Jr., the man that kicked off the MCU, hosting the first Oscar ceremony where an MCU film is nominated for Best Picture, that just sounds right.
The Oscars are implementing changes in an effort to spice things up, and bring in viewers with a different host rather than the same rotation of faces we are used to seeing would certainly give the show something to differentiate it and make it feel fresh and new.
In response to Chris Evans on Twitter, some fans are suggesting that he and Robert Downey Jr. host together. It’s certainly a fun idea, and no offense to some of the other hosts, but if the Academy wants to bring in younger viewers, having hosts from things young people care about, like Marvel movies, would make sense.
Whoever the host is, the past year in entertainment will provide no shortage of material to work with. From the public troubles of once beloved figures to the industry-altering Disney-Fox deal to the Netflix of it all, there is plenty of stuff for the host to joke about and reference.
One thing that will hopefully be joked about is the Popular Film Category that was supposed to make its debut at the upcoming Academy Awards before it was delayed following industry-wide backlash. There is likely still comedy to squeeze out of that subject and it would be good to see the Academy laughing at itself over this one.
Whether it will be Tony Stark delivering those jokes or not, we’ll have to wait and see, but the clock is ticking. The 91st Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
The Oscars are coming next year, but so are a ton of new movies hoping to make their own mark at the box office and the 2020 Academy Awards. Check them out in our 2019 Release Schedule.