Is the Academy considering Oprah Winfrey for the top gig at next year’s Oscar Awards?
Weeks after ending her reign as as the Queen of Daytime Talk, reports have surfaced that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wants to return Oprah her microphone. The Los Angeles Times stated that O has supposedly topped the list of candidates to host 2012 Oscars.
ABC, the same network that carried all 25 seasons of "The Oprah Winfrey Show", will broadcast the Oscar ceremony from the Kodak Theatre in late February.
According to columnist Bill Zwecker, "Academy honchos firmly believe [Oprah] could greatly expand the show’s audience." This year, the academy made efforts to attract a younger audience by choosing James Franco and Anne Hathaway to co-host the awards.
Officials at The Academy, however, said all this hearsay about Oprah is news to them, though. The organization won’t deny that she’s got amazing star power, but it has sqaused rumors that she’ll be heading up its next awards show.
“The camera loves Oprah. Oprah’s a genius. But it’s not true, and I don’t know where that story even came from,” Academy president Tom Sherak told The Hollywood Reporter.
From what Tom said it’s a bit too early to start speculatory buzz about who’s going to keep the 84th Annual Academy Awards rolling along on time. There’s an order to things, and right now, choosing a host is the furthest thing from the Academy’s collective minds.
“You have to remember how it works,” Tom explained. “First, I have to hire a producer, and then the producer comes to the Academy with suggestions for the host. So how could we have a host without a producer?”
Reportedly a producer won’t be selected until August 2 at the earliest when the Academy holds its next board of governor’s meeting.
— Myeisha Essex