32 Women Who Should Host The Oscars

On February 26, 2017, the Academy Awards red carpet will be laid out, little gold men will be polished, and glam squads will assemble. We're officially entering Oscar season, and while much of the conversation is primarily focused on standout films and best performances, there's a huge issue that we need to address.
Not enough women have been given the opportunity to host the most iconic awards show in the world. Since 1990, only three women have hosted the ceremony: Ellen Degeneres and Whoopi Goldberg each did it twice, while Anne Hathaway's one co-hosting stint with James Franco fell flat. Over the course of 26 years, three is simply not enough.
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The host is a major part of Oscars night, which has been broadcast to television audiences since 1953. The person who holds the most important and scrutinized microphone of the night shouldn't be so funny that they overshadow the presumed importance of the awards, nor so dull and lifeless that their peers to doze off during the lengthy ceremony. Network officials don't want the host to engage in offensive humor, but they also want to keep the crowds at home hooked and eager for the next one-liner. Sounds like a man's job right? (Note: Sarcasm.)
So, here's a list of 32 amazing potential hosts who happen to be women. They're witty, successful, and captivating. They also weren't that hard to think of...we're looking at you, Academy members.
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Jennifer Lawrence
She's a fan-favorite and is so relatable. Think of all the millennial women who would tune in just to hear JLawr tackle that opening monologue.
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Melissa McCarthy
As a writer, producer, director, and actress, she has full knowledge of the industry and easily tackles both high- and low-brow humor.
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Amy Schumer
Schumer would rock the shit out of the Oscars. She could easily #ToppleThePatriarchy.
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Jessica Williams
The comedian and former Daily Show correspondent slays on her 2 Dope Queens podcast and even has a new series, Eat Cray Love, on the horizon. She's about to be everywhere.
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Kate McKinnon
Maybe the Oscars would actually be funny the whole way through with McKinnon as host.
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Mindy Kaling
The upcoming Ocean's Thirteen star's deadpan delivery of pop culture jokes would have the audience in stitches.
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Ellen DeGeneres
The comedian and daytime host has hosted the Academy Awards twice. Why not make it round three, four, or five? We could always use another epic selfie.
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Cecily Strong
She's already proven herself by hosting the 2015 White House Correspondents Dinner.
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Samantha Bee
Bee is one of the funniest and smartest women writing and delivering comedy on television today. Let’s get this woman on the Oscar stage.
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Leslie Jones
Her brief time on the 2016 Emmys stage revealed she has what it takes to be host.
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Chrissy Teigen
Teigen already has experience hosting Lip Sync Battle, and her Twitter feed is teeming with material.
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Kristen Wiig
If we learned anything from her Golden Globes bit with Will Ferrell in 2015, it's that Wiig has the perfect awards-show humor. Imagine all the amazing impersonations we would get.
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Anna Faris
The comedian has her own hilarious and popular podcast where she interviews celebrities, so she already has the experience.
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Meryl Streep
Streep already rules the Oscars (she's been nominated 19 times and won four), so why not have her host, too?
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Amy Poehler
Poehler has proven herself as an ideal host, time and time again.
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Wanda Sykes
The comedian started her career as a writer on The Chris Rock Show. Rock was asked to host the Oscars in 2016. You do the math.
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Jamie Lee Curtis
Curtis has a sly, subtle sense of humor that would be refreshing at the Oscars.
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Helen Mirren
The queen (literally) would infuse the Oscars with some true Old Hollywood glam.
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Sarah Silverman
So, producers would need to hover over the bleeper button, but Silverman would be a great host. If her ex Jimmy Kimmel can be trusted with the Emmys, why couldn't she take on the Oscars?
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Tina Fey
A little Fey never hurt anyone.
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Sofía Vergara
Vergara has a singular charm about her that commands a stage.
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America Ferrera
Give Ferrera the mic as soon as possible, so she can drop it again.
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Julia Louis Dreyfus
This one is obvious. Five-time Emmy winner? Say no more.
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Betty White
Anything White does is priceless. She would provide the most memorable Oscars experience in years.
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Maya Rudolph
She successfully hosted a variety show with Martin Short earlier this year, Maya and Marty, so she's ready.
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Chelsea Handler
Handler’s been hosting and cracking jokes for years. Just check out her Netflix original series for proof that she’s at the top of her game.
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Sarah Paulson
Random. But is it? We already know she can act the hell out of her Ryan Murphy roles, so let's give her a shot.
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Oprah Winfrey
It's Oprah.
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Kristen Bell
Bell is one of the most entertaining guests on late-night TV. With that down pat, I think she would very fare well as an awards show host.
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Kris Jenner
She does knows how to orchestrate the hell out of every situation. And everyone would get free Yeezys.
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Anne Hathaway
Let's give her another whack at it, sans Franco.
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Millie Bobby Brown
The 12-year-old Stranger Things actress is the standout star of the year. Could she also be the youngest host ever? I say yes.
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