Jimmy Kimmel the Favorite on the Odds to Host the 2013 Academy Awards
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
Hosting the Academy Awards can give you a special standing in the entertainment community. It kept Billy Crystal relevant for years when he wasn’t doing much outside of the Oscars (mostly thanks to his memorable monologues). Crystal returned to host the show in 2012 after two straight years of dual hosts (Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin in 2010, James Franco and Anne Hathaway in 2011), and he is in the running to host the show for a ninth time.
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But the show has lacked a bit of oomph and it wouldn’t be surprising if the Academy splurged for someone to spice things up. That failed miserably with the Franco-Hathaway duo but Crystal was just too vanilla last year.
Bovada odds makers think vanilla might be en vogue, though, as Crystal is at 5/1 to host the Oscars, which ties him with Neil Patrick Harris. The latter has hosted the Tony Awards on three occasions, along with the Primetime Emmys in 2009. Harris is an accomplished stage actor and he could add something to the musical portions of the show.
The favorites right now are Jimmy Kimmel at 2/1 and Jerry Seinfeld at 3/1. Kimmel has the inside position because of his late-night show on ABC, which is the network that will air the Oscars as well. Reportedly, ABC didn’t want Jimmy Fallon to host because of his show on NBC, which competes directly with Kimmel.
Kimmel will host the Primetime Emmys this year and has hosted the ESPY’s (ESPN’s awards show) in the past. Meanwhile, Seinfeld doesn’t really need an introduction. He hasn’t hosted an awards show before but surely he could handle the Oscars.
Ricky Gervais at 5/1 and Eddie Murphy at 10/1 round out the top contenders, but Gervais has hosted the Golden Globes for the last three years and his style of roasting celebrities may be too much for the Academy. Meanwhile, Murphy was supposed to host the show last year but dropped out when Brett Ratner, who was supposed to produce the show and had directed Murphy in Tower Heist, was canned for making derisive remarks. Murphy likely won’t be an option for a few years at the Academy Awards.