The more we see very accomplished entertainers get critically skewered for their Oscar-hosting duties, the more we see it’s a pretty thankless gig. The edgier hosts get chastised for being offensive, and the bland hosts get chastised for being bland. Lose-lose across the board.
However, if there’s an entertainer that can balance mass appeal with talent, humor, and grace, it’s Ellen Degeneres. Or NPH, but he didn’t get picked, so let’s not dwell on hypotheticals. This will be Ellen’s second turn hosting the Oscars, so she’s clearly immune to the criticisms that can be levied on hosts, having decided to come back for more.
However, there will be hell to pay if our grandmothers tune in and Ellen doesn’t do that dancing bit. Grandmothers loving Dancing Ellen.