Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin tapped to host the 82nd annual Academy Awards

Posted by · 3:45 pm · November 3rd, 2009

(from left) Alec Baldwin and Steve MartinWell, I guess Martin was available after all.  And he’s going to have company.

The Academy has announced this year’s Oscar emcee, and as expected, it’s a pair: Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, stars of “It’s Complicated” and one person removed from the suggestion our own Guy Lodge made last month.  Lodge proposed Tina Fey alongside Martin.  Academy producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic opted instead for Fey’s “30 Rock” co-star Alec Baldwin.

The quoted portion of the press release:

“We think the team of Steve and Alec are the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars,” said Shankman and Mechanic. “Steve will bring the experience of having hosted the show in the past and Alec will be a completely fresh personality for this event.”

“I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin,” said Martin.

“I don’t play the banjo but I’m thrilled to be hosting the Oscars – it’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Baldwin.

And that’s that.  Thoughts?  I find myself completely thrilled.

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  • 1 11-03-2009 at 3:48 pm

    James D. said...

    Hmm. Both likeable enough, I suppose.

  • 2 11-03-2009 at 3:49 pm

    Loyal said...

    Steve Martin – thumbs up
    Alec Baldwin – Im not sure

  • 3 11-03-2009 at 3:52 pm

    JAB said...

    Fey/Baldwin would have been dynamite.

  • 4 11-03-2009 at 3:52 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Well, I got half my wish.

    But I love this anyway. Baldwin’s a fascinating wildcard, and the presence of Martin guarantees some smart humour. This promises to be way more my kind of ceremony than the last one.

    SO happy with this.

  • 5 11-03-2009 at 3:53 pm

    Brian said...

    Shrewd marketing for both AMPAS and “It’s Complicated’.

  • 6 11-03-2009 at 3:57 pm

    Vito said...

    Awesome. Pure awesome.

  • 7 11-03-2009 at 3:58 pm

    Andrew said...

    Martin is awesome, but I’m not sold on Baldwin.

  • 8 11-03-2009 at 4:02 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    thats pretty awesome, sounds like alot of fun, and ya Its Complicated certainly just made an extra few million dollars

  • 9 11-03-2009 at 4:03 pm

    geha714 said...

    Not so bad, but the pairing Martin-Fey was a better idea.

    Still, I believe the Oscars will suck and will be longer than ever.

  • 10 11-03-2009 at 4:13 pm

    Jesse said...

    Yeah, the Oscars just laid a golden egg. Should be a good show. Plus, Baldwin and Martin represent some major star power that can connect both to the viewers and the Hollywood community.

  • 11 11-03-2009 at 4:21 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    ring a ding ding

  • 12 11-03-2009 at 4:22 pm

    Cinebrooding said...

    Love it. Totally appropriate.

  • 13 11-03-2009 at 4:24 pm

    Manuel said...

    Now I’ll be watching the Oscarcast constantly hoping for some Meryl and/or Tina humour.

  • 14 11-03-2009 at 4:28 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    SNL guest appearances will, of course, be MANDATORY.

  • 15 11-03-2009 at 5:10 pm

    Zak said...

    Throw in Streep and it’s Golden!!!

  • 16 11-03-2009 at 5:14 pm

    M.Harris said...

    I love the choice.

  • 17 11-03-2009 at 5:22 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    It’s a good pick, Baldwin’s the king of comedy on tv right now and Steve Martin’s.. well, Steve Martin. I can already envision the opening number being a banjo duel/duet, and how awesome wouldn’t that be?

  • 18 11-03-2009 at 5:30 pm

    M.Harris said...

    Might want to add Will “Jiggy” Smith to the duo.To please Loyal… of course

  • 19 11-03-2009 at 5:36 pm

    Reuben said...

    I love it!!

    Btw… Martin and Baldwin are the two guys who have hosted SNL the most! (15 and 14 times respectively)!

  • 20 11-03-2009 at 6:25 pm

    Mr. F said...

    That was unexpected. I would have preferred Fey, but Baldwin in a good alternative.

  • 21 11-03-2009 at 6:51 pm

    Patryk said...

    Great move.

  • 22 11-03-2009 at 6:56 pm

    Glenn said...

    I’m picturing a pre-recorded skit with Meryl Streep that will bring the house down.

    I’m not a huge fan of Baldwin’s 30 Rock shtick, but Martin was my #1 choice after Jackman. Looking forward to it!

  • 23 11-03-2009 at 7:18 pm

    Silencio said...

    This could be the funniest Oscars I’ve personally seen.

  • 24 11-03-2009 at 7:42 pm

    henry said...

    Excellent choice. I like this better than the Martin/Fey pairing.

    I’m relieved that there’s no Hugh Jackman. He’s a nice guy, but he wasn’t very funny. Not like how Steve Martin is funny.

    I hope to God they abandon all the song and dance numbers they usually try to cram in. They’re so unappealing. I think it turns viewers off. Straight up wry comedy is what the show needs.

    Snappy jokes keep people watching, musical theater makes them run for the hills.

  • 25 11-03-2009 at 8:13 pm

    Ripley said...

    Excellent choice, Baldwin is a great choice he has such great timing and is a perfect foil for Martin, who was the best Oscar host in modern times IMO.

  • 26 11-03-2009 at 8:25 pm

    Austin said...

    “I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin,” said Martin.

    …thats awesome! haha

  • 27 11-03-2009 at 8:37 pm

    head_wizard said...

    Great choices I am thrilled first decison by the Academy that I completely agree with

  • 28 11-03-2009 at 8:46 pm

    Andrew Webb said...

    Awesome. Should be a good show.

  • 29 11-03-2009 at 10:20 pm

    Alex said...

    I believe it was Jack Donaghy who said ‘Never badmouth synergy, Lemon. It’s bigger than all of us.”

  • 30 11-03-2009 at 10:33 pm

    j said...

    Has a host ever been nominated for an Oscar or had a movie nommed for BP when he hosted?

    I mean, I know It’s Complicated is a long shot, though Baldwin perhaps less long.

  • 31 11-03-2009 at 10:33 pm

    Georgie said...

    Tina Fey better be on stage at least once. And Jane Krakowski should have a (fake, total Jenna) diva-off with Penelope Cruz…

    Steve Martin is my hero, and Alec Baldwin is just awesome… and I agree wholeheartedly that THERE WILL BE MERYL. or at least should be.

  • 32 11-03-2009 at 11:38 pm

    Alex said...

    I think they should get the whole 30 Rock cast to host.

    Tracy Morgan’s line at the Golden Globes was incredible: ‘I am the new face of post-racial America. Deal with it, Cate Blanchett.’

  • 33 11-04-2009 at 1:14 am

    mike said...

    great choice, steve is the best host i’ve seen thus far, and i love alec as an actor and personality, has a great sense of humor. thumbs up, no quarrell from me not even a lil bit.

  • 34 11-04-2009 at 1:27 am

    Blake said...

    F***ing BRILLIANT!

    Steve Martin is one of the best returning emcees they could have gotten. He’s respected enough in the filmmaking world to work this crowd.

    Whoever thought up Alec Baldwin deserves an honorary Oscar themselves. I know some people are really hesitant about him, but you have no idea what will be in store. Watch Lank Thompson’s I’m a Handsome Actor on SNL if you haven’t already and I think you’ll see.

  • 35 11-04-2009 at 2:17 am

    red_wine said...

    Fey should do it in the future sometime. She will be great. She would be great with either Martin or Baldwin, but those 2 don’t make a shabby pair either. This is definitely the right direction.

  • 36 11-04-2009 at 2:21 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I’m surprised and not sure what to think of it. It could be fun but aren’t they a bit too old to attract more (younger) viewers?

  • 37 11-04-2009 at 3:48 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Honestly, screw the younger viewers. Anyone who thinks anything is suddenly going to make kids tune into the Oscars en masse is deluded. The Academy is playing to their prime audience here, which is as it should be.

  • 38 11-04-2009 at 5:02 am

    Alex said...

    Younger voters will tune in if the movies they like are nominated. If the Academy wants to pander to this demographic, it should nominate about 2 of the following movies for BP: Inglourious Basterds, Avatar, Star Trek or District 9. Naturally they won’t win but it’s just a tip of the hat.

  • 39 11-04-2009 at 5:11 am

    Alex said...

    Random thought: is Invictus the favourite to win NBR’s Best Film?

    It seems to meet all the criteria: no chance of winning Best Picture, directed by Eastwood, released late in the season, inspirational subject matter, contrived.

  • 40 11-04-2009 at 6:25 am

    Neel Mehta said...

    Blake: Lank Thompson! What a terrific blast from the past. Incidentally, Steve Martin did an analogous skit with Jon Lovitz: “Get to Know Me!”

    Not sure how this choice for a February/March 2010 telecast helps the box office of a December 2009 movie, but it’s still inspired: both zany and respectful.

    A look at IMDb tells me that the show hasn’t offered co-hosts since 1987, and only 2 co-hosts that shared a stage since 1946. I’m looking forward to it.

  • 41 11-04-2009 at 2:10 pm

    al b. said...

    Finally, my dreams will be realized!

  • 42 11-04-2009 at 3:50 pm

    entertainmenttoday.. said...

    I really like the pairing. NO doubt the live crowd will have a great time with these two.