Eight Other People Who Would Have Made Great Oscar Hosts 15 Years Ago

Thursday, September 8 by

Mel Gibson

There’s no doubt Mel Gibson was, at one point, the biggest movie star in the world. He was handsome, funny, macho, and debonair—the total package. In 1990 or thereabouts, Mel would have made a terrific Academy Awards host, especially if he had been paired with a solid comic sidekick or sexy dame to balance his boyish charm. Unfortunately, the Academy never asked him, and now that ship has definitely sailed. And sunk. Today, Mel Gibson would make perhaps the worst host in the history of any awards show—Emmys, Grammys, Tonys, you name it.

Yet the more I think about it, the more I think I would actually like to see Mel Gibson host the Oscars. It would be fun to watch the scumbag anti-Semite get his comeuppance by having to suck up to a room full of rich and powerful Jews. That being said, it would also be pretty amazing to watch Gibson host the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards.

Rosie O’Donnell

Remember when Rosie O’Donnell was called “The Queen of Nice”? I’m serious, that’s what people called her when her daytime talk show was at the height of its popularity. On the show, she would joke about how she was obsessed with Tom Cruise, then invite a guest out to the couch for a little lighthearted chitchat. Basically, Rosie was the Rachel Ray of 1996, only without the cooking and scratchy voice. Then, one day, she invited Tom Selleck onto the show and berated him for his advocacy of the NRA. From then on out the “Queen of Nice” was the “Queen of Unnecessarily Argumentative Interactions,” and she went from being the most beloved woman on television to the most controversial. I mean, we all know how her stint on The View ended up.

Interestingly, the void left by O’Donnell on daytime television was filled by two women who actually did host the Oscars—Whoopi Goldberg and Ellen Degeneres. However, it should be noted that O’Donnell will soon premier a new talk show on Oprah’s OWN network. If she manages to regain her “Queen of Nice” form, maybe she can make a comeback and earn an ill-advised Oscar hosting gig she would have been better off getting 15 years ago. Lord knows it doesn’t hurt to be in the good graces of Oprah Winfrey (Queen of Everything).

Mike Myers

Last but not least, we have the case of Mike Myers. He was hilarious on Saturday Night Live, and he developed three of the most beloved comic movie characters of the last 20 years in Wayne Campbell, Austin Powers, and the lovable ogre, Shrek. Sadly, in 2008, Myers showed the world he was completely out of funny ideas by releasing the absolutely putrid film, The Love Guru. Now, Mike Myers would definitely have been a surprising choice for the Oscars, even between 1997 and 2002 at the height of his fame. But I think such a selection would have been applauded for its willingness to take a risk, and I also think Myers might have been a charming host (though he would have had to work on that accent).

Today, we’ve heard all of Mike’s bits a hundred times, and we’re getting a little tired of them. Then again, the same could be (and has been) said of Myers’ Shrek co-star Eddie Murphy, and look what he’s up to?