Is it time to give up on having awards show hosts?
Kevin Hart's Oscars controversy and Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg's tepid performance at the Golden Globes beg the question whether award show hosts are needed anymore. That was Leigh Blickley's thought after she couldn't get a handle on Oh and Samberg's performance. "And then I realized: My problem with the hosts had little to do with them, their schtick or the audience’s inability to appropriately digest Oh’s impactful speech," she says. "The reality is simpler: There is no such thing as a good awards show host. The thing is, the job of an awards show host ― in the age of real-time social media criticism, at least ― is a lose-lose gig, and the organizations who run those shows know it. Just ask Anne Hathaway. If you’re cutesy, you’re labeled a bore by the masses. If you’re sarcastic, you’re considered too snarky. If you stay silent on politics, you’re unwoke. If you’re Jimmy Kimmel, you’re just doing it to promote your late-night show." ALSO: NBC confirms Golden Globes bit used fake flu shots.
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