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Take 2: Who Will Host the 91st Academy Awards?

Ellen DeGeneres is the favorite daytime host of many people around the world and she’s also the betting favorite to host the 91st Academy Awards. The Oscars hosting gig has evolved into a position reserved for the most universally and industry-wide appreciated personalities, of whom DeGeneres is certainly one.

Kevin Hart was originally selected as this year’s host but stepped aside just days later after some old tweets of his resurfaced to a chorus of outrage.

Ellen last hosted in 2014 when 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture. That broadcast was the highest-viewed show since Billy Crystal hosted in 1999, when American Beauty was the big winner. The DeGeneres-hosted Oscars drew 43.74 million viewers in 2014 compared to last year’s Jimmy Kimmel-hosted show that was the lowest-rated Oscars ever – 26.5 million viewers.

Will Kimmel Get Another Shot?

Jimmy Kimmel was put into a very tough spot last year as the host of the Oscars as he had to tackle the #MeToo movement in a room full of Hollywood stars and executives. The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live, who is gaining a reputation for using his platform to tackle the issues of the day with a side of humor, was generally applauded for his efforts to walk the tightrope of serious and funny in an ever intense political and social climate.  

Nobody would be surprised to see him return for the second year, however, it would be breaking with precedent as the show hasn’t seen someone host in back-to-back years since ol’ faithful, Billy Crystal, from 1989 to 1992.

WHo I WOuld Like to See

There are two duos on the board that I would like to see given the opportunity to host the show. Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key (+800) are two of the funniest men in the business and thrive in a sketch environment. They are able to change the theme on a dime and would be excellent running a thread through the show while hitting comedic spots throughout. 

Speaking of duos who thrive in a sketch environment, you can bet on the duo of Kate McKinnon and Kristin Wiig at +1800. McKinnon stepped up and took Wiig’s role as Ms. Everything at SNL after Wiig moved on. Watching them work together in the live environment with their unique brands of humor would make me watch an event I might otherwise pass on.

Below is the full odds table for potential hosts:

91st Academy Awards Hosting Odds
Ellen DeGeneres+400
Jimmy Kimmel+600
Neil Patrick Harris+700
Lin-Manuel Miranda+800
Jordan Peele & Keegan Michael Key+800
Jimmy Fallon+1200
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler+1400
Will Ferrell & John C Reilly+1400
Tiffany Haddish & Maya Rudolph+1500
Andy Samberg+1600
Ricky Gervais+1800
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson+1800
No Host +2000
Chris Rock+2200
Seth Meyers+2500
Emma Stone+2500
John Mulaney / Nick Kroll+2500
Amy Schumer+2500
Melissa McCarthy+2500
Kristen Bell+3300
Ryan Reynolds+3300
Hannah Gadsby+4000
Donald Glover+4000
Billy Eichner+5000
Ken Jeong+7500

Odds as of December 13 at Bovada