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Alec Baldwin: No one wants to host Oscars

Former Oscars co-host Alec Baldwin fears producers of the Academy Awards are running out of celebrities to front the show - because it's a thankless task that pays "chicken feed."

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The actor hosted with Steve Martin in 2009 and he says he'll never do it again - a sentiment echoed by Seth MacFarlane, who was both loved and hated this year.

And Baldwin says critics are so tough on hosts, there are few stars who would risk hitting the Oscars stage to drive the ceremony.

He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Everyone who has done it lately has been crucified, so they're (Academy producers) not going to get anybody who is reasonably talented or special to take that chance anymore.

"They don't pay you any money; the Oscars pay you, like, chicken feed. It's all about the honor of helping to extol film achievement... I'm dying to see who they get to do it next year. They're going to have to go dig somebody up from a cemetery."

But there is one living star he thinks would be a perfect fit for the Academy Awards: "Ellen DeGeneres. She would work. Everybody likes her, and she can be edgy without being too edgy."

Baldwin also thinks the show is too long, and should be trimmed.

He adds, "What the Oscars absolutely, unequivocally should be is a show with a little bit of entertainment and a very reverential overview of movies of that year, and that show would last about two hours... But the Oscars is also a television program that raises 90 percent of the Academy's budget for the year in a single night."

Apr 13, 2013 4:52PM

First off ... 99% of people only care about 5 of the awards Tops.


Movie of the Year

Actor of the year

Actress of the year

Supporting Actor

Supporting Actress


The whole dam thing could be don't in 30 minutes.

Apr 13, 2013 4:28PM
I'm far as I'm concerned, the Oscars should not be televised.  Just have it at a restaurant somewhere, then show us the highlights of who won.  It's all political anyway - it's not the best actor, actress or picture that wins - it's whomever the members decide to "recognize" that year - like which race or nationality hasn't won yet so let's give it to them this year.  
Apr 13, 2013 5:18PM
I so agree with Baldwin that it is too long. How about not doing it at all! Or cut it to 1.5 hours and nobody gets up there to thank endless people that the general public doesn't know anyhow!  Ya know...just something about wealthy movie stars congratulating themselves with their million dollar contracts, jewelry and clothes while the rest of the country struggles to put food on the table. I stopped watching in 2006! Talk about a show that needs updating!!!
Apr 13, 2013 4:27PM
The Oscars are about as legitimate as the Nobel prize. The Nobel peace prize goes to Yasser Arafat. . . . The Oscar for best picture goes to "Bob and Carol, Ted and Alice. I could go on and on and cite current political/entertainment blunders, but what's the point. Alec Baldwin is a perfect host for the Oscars; he's the posterboy phoney for the self serving business of "entertainment. For crying out loud, I can understand the world having a shortage of leadership, but when will Hollywood make a good movie?
Apr 13, 2013 4:12PM
I'll host them, and for free! Problem solved! 
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