The Oscars are gonna be soooooooooooooooo cool this year. First there’s Brokeback Mountain (and you know it’s so gonna get nominated because that film was undeniably good), and now there’s Jon Stewart.
And we LOVE Jon Stewart. We go to bed with Jon Stewart every night. Nothing comes between us and Jon Stewart…except those funky-ass reruns he’s had on all this week. And Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights when he doesn’t come on at all.
For the past couple of months, Oscar producer Gil Cates’ search for an emcee has sometimes seemed to belong under the “Daily Show”-style heading “Indecision 2005.” Last year’s host, Chris Rock, was not asked back; eight-time host Billy Crystal said he declined an invitation because of his busy schedule. Published reports claimed that negotiations were underway with Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin, though those were never confirmed.
The 43-year-old Stewart does not have an extensive movie career, an attribute Cates generally prefers in his hosts. Stewart has appeared in a handful of films, few of which were Oscar material: “Death to Smoochy,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “The Office Party,” among others.
But the barbed political humor of his nightly show on Comedy Central figures to make Stewart a perfect fit for the Oscars, especially in a year when many contenders–including “Brokeback Mountain,” “Good Night, and Good Luck, ” “Crash,” “Munich,” “Syriana” and “The Constant Gardener”–feature political and social themes.
The Oscars are gonna ROCK. No offense to you, Chris Rock. You did a fine job last year. I thought you were great.