If anyone needed to be told that Billy Crystal was about four years past his Oscar hosting prime, then I’d like to sell them my comic collection for Overstreet value times two. The Academy Awards have recently been hampered by one overriding force of evil… bad telecasts. Aside from Steve Martin’s smart and appropriately aggressive good work, the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Crystal, and even Mr. Worldwide Pants himself have lent a very safe and whitebread feel to the show.
That is about to change.
According to Variety, Chris Rock is going to host the show next year. One of the most misunderstood and misused comedic talents out there, Rock is perfect for the show. He’s unafraid to piss people off, able to equally ridicule people of all races, and unconcerned with towing the company line. You also won’t be seeing him deliver predictable fluff.
So, good work, Oscars. It shows that the little asexual statue might have some balls after all.