Three people with knowledge of the discussions tell the Los Angeles Times that last-night host Jimmy Fallon is in talks to host the 85th Academy Awards with “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels producing. A spokeswoman for the academy denies that talks with Fallon and Michaels are taking place.
ABC has apparently raised objections to having the star and producer from rival NBC anchor the Oscar broadcast, but the network has no authority to veto the choices. Typically, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chooses the producer and the producer, in turn, chooses the host.
The last few years, the show has opted to go with film stars as hosts, but maybe it’s time the show brought back an honest-to-goodness comedian. Fallon has previously hosted the 2010 Emmy Awards.
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