Thursday, January 05, 2006

Jon Stewart to host the Oscars


The academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced today that they have chosen Jon Stewart to host the Academy Awards this year. I think he is a good pick. He is intelligent, entertaining, and his satire can often be insightful. He is most well known as the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. I didn't find Chris Rock, who hosted last year, particularly good or bad so hopefully Stewart can bring something different to the table. As most who know me I'm not a particularly big sports fan, with the odd exception of the Olympics, so the Oscars are like the Super Bowl for me. What can I say? I love movies I can't help it. I know many would say that the Oscars are all political. That may be true to a certain extent, but I still hold out hope that it is also a genuine way to honor the best that Cinema has to offer. The politics are going to be in anything really. After all its like Aristotle said, "Man is by nature a political animal."
You can read here about it here:
www.oscars.org
www.variety.com

3 comments:

Annie said...

I am looking forward to Stewart hosting. I like his kind of humor and jokes. I was not impressed at all by Chris Rock last year and while I did not hate him or anything I was disinterested in the show and I think it was largely due to the host. I look forward to this year for more reasons then the new host. There really doesn't seem to be a stand out movie in my mind (or performances for that matter) so I am intersted to see what the nominees are and the winners. I guess that Brokeback Mountain has all the buzz right now but I have not seen it so I can't say how I think it will or should do. Needless to say it will be a good show this year. We should have an Oscar party and celebrate.

_Shane said...

I know what you mean about the "competition" this year. And unfortunately I haven't seen many of the films with all the buzz...
Should make for an interesting awards ceremony. I concur and we shall have an Oscar party this year!

Jak said...

Jon Stewart is the MAN. I think it was the MTV awards he hosted a while back and was subtley funny, which is way better than trying too hard. He's also a member in my fraternity =)