Earlier this year, we published our 2016 Oscar host predictions. In a recent announcement, however, Academy Awards co-producer David Hill revealed that the annual Hollywood back-patting extravaganza will feature not one, but two hosts.
Two heads can certainly be better than one. Past dynamic hosting duos have included Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin (82nd Academy Awards) and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (70th-72nd Golden Globes). On the other hand, two hosts can result in disaster as well. Case in point: James Franco and Anne Hathaway during the 83rd Academy Awards.
Which duo is likely to share emcee duties at the 88th Academy Awards? We set the odds for our top hosting pairs, below.
2016 Oscar Host Odds
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele: 5/1
The hilarious pair behind the hit Comedy Central show Key & Peele are a top contender for the 2016 Oscars. Having recently hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner together to rave reviews, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele proved they have the satirical skills to pull off a classy affair like the Academy Awards. President Obama is among their many celebrity fans, which could help boost lackluster ratings at next year’s ceremony.
Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel: 6/1
The undisputed kings of late-night could potentially share the stage at the 2016 Oscars. Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel are wildly entertaining on their respective shows, appealing to a wide-range of viewers. Both have hosting experience at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Although they work for competing networks, a collaboration like this could result in comedic gold.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: 8/1
Fresh off of a three-year stint hosting the Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have plenty of experience cracking up A-list audiences. Consistently delivering knockout performances, these funny females are dominating the awards show circuit with their witty, feminist brand of humor. While they seem like an obvious choice, both have stated several times that they are not interested in the job. One can hope.
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: 15/1
The Oscars could use some edge, and who better to bring a little controversy to the table than Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert? Both have moved into uncharted territory having left their respective shows: The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. If anything, a reunion of these two political pundits is long overdue.
Andy Samberg and Bill Hader: 18/1
What would be more fun than hosting the Oscars with your BFF? Andy Samberg and Bill Hader have shared the spotlight countless times during their on-screen bromance on SNL. Later this year, they will be reuniting on Samberg’s hit show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. They thrive off of live audiences, which makes them a great fit for the Academy Awards.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum: 20/1
They were hilarious in 21 Jump Street. We can only imagine how funny it would be to have Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum host Hollywood’s most prestigious awards show. Their self-deprecating style of humor will surely steal the show. And you know female fans will tune in on the off chance that Tatum performs a striptease a la Magic Mike.
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson: 20/1
Another dream pairing, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson were made to host the Oscars. Although neither has expressed interest in the glamorous gig, Zoolander 2 is due to hit theaters in 2016. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. The icing on the cake would be hosting in character as Derek and Hansel. Walk-off anyone?
Think we’ve overlooked someone (or sometwo, I should say)? Post your suggestions for 2016 Oscar hosts in the comments below!
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