Alec Baldwin believes that no one wants to host the Oscars anymore.
The former 30 Rock star feels that the Academy is running out of contenders since nobody really wants to accept the gig anymore. In addition to getting lashed by critics, Baldwin said that the pay isn’t worth the time and energy required to pull it off.
“They don’t pay you any money; the Oscars pay you, like, chicken feed. It’s all about the honor of helping to extol film achievement. I’m dying to see who they get to do it next year. They’re going to have to go dig somebody up from a cemetery,” the actor said.
Alec Baldwin hosted the show with Steve Martin back in 2010. He added that he has no intention of ever returning to the Oscars as a host in the future.
Baldwin’s feelings were recently mirrored by Seth MacFarlane. The Family Guy mastermind revealed earlier this year that he wouldn’t return for another stint. This year’s ceremony ran for nearly three-and-a-half hours.
“What the Oscars absolutely, unequivocally should be is a show with a little bit of entertainment and a very reverential overview of movies of that year, and that show would last about two hours,” Alec Baldwin explained during his interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
He added, “But the Oscars is also a television program that raises 90 percent of the Academy’s budget for the year in a single night.” In other words, don’t expect the show to get any shorter.
Although the actor said the Academy is running out of candidates to host the Oscars, Baldwin revealed that Ellen DeGeneres might be the right person to host the event next year. He said that “she can be edgy without being too edgy.”
Now that Alec Baldwin’s turn on 30 Rock has come to a close, he is now turning his attention back to film. The actor recently wrapped production on writer-director Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Baldwin will be joined by Cate Blanchett and Peter Sarsgaard in the film.
Are you a fan of Alec Baldwin? Do you agree with his thoughts regarding the Oscars?