Why Jerry Seinfeld (probably) can't host next year's Oscars

If I were Jerry Seinfeld, I’d definitely plan on attending the Academy Awards next year, but not as a host — as many have speculated over the past three days since his standout appearance as a presenter at this year’s Oscars. Nope, the stand-up may very well be stepping back into the Kodak theater as an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature for his upcoming Dreamworks film Bee Movie. As these two hysterical teaser trailers demonstrate, it just took the former sitcom mega-star a while to, well, get animated.

And, yes, that really is Steven Spielberg.

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  • Fatima

    Oh oh, I’m sensing a tight Animated Feature race. Hopefully there are enough to have 5 nominees because the following 4 are going to duke it out
    *Shrek The Third
    *That hard to spell Pixar Rat Movie
    *Bee Movie
    *The Simpsons Movie
    I hope Shrek gets left off. Lord knows we don’t need anymore obvious pop culture references.

  • Nick

    Did Billy Crystal give up movies when he hosted? He made some of them comic fodder (_My Giant_, anybody?).

  • Anna

    Doesn’t the Academy limit the number of animated film nominations to three even if there are enough for five?

  • David

    As early screenings show, “Bee Movie” (fantastic teaser trailers notwithstanding) just isn’t that good. The plot changes focus no fewer than three times. The animation may be pretty, but the script isn’t–and Chris Rock is only around for FIVE MINUTES.

  • Fatima

    Anna – Here’s the rule of the Academy Website…
    ” In any year in which 8 to 15 animated features are released in Los Angeles County, a maximum of 3 films may be nominated. In any year in which 16 or more animated features are submitted and accepted in the category, a maximum of 5 films may be nominated.”
    I remember the year Spirited Away won there were 5 films. I bet there will only be 3 this year.

  • KS

    Who doesn’t think Will Ferrell would bring the house down? He stole the show with that “comedic performances get ignored” bit.

  • Joan

    I say “Don’t do it Jerry!” No matter what type of job you do, you’ll get trashed. I thought the last 3 hosts were all good but no one seems to be deemed good enough. The problem isn’t the hosts. The problem is the material…who can liven up a 4 hour awards show that only contains about an hours worth of material that we’re really interested in?

  • Rahul

    Jerry’s not directing the movie, so why can’t he host?

  • bud

    Is he producing and/or directing Bee Movie? Isn’t it one of those who usually gets the animated Oscar?

  • brandonk

    Let’s not decide if this movie will be nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar based on two (very funny) live-action teasers.

  • daisyj

    What we really need is a new Oscar catagory for trailers.

  • Ep Sato

    DaisyJ is so on the money with that comment. I’ve seen trailers that were MUCH better than the movie they were shilling. If a great trailer gets me into a crappy movie, it shouldn’t be reason to punish the filmmaker, but instead reason to reward the brains behind the ad campaign…

  • just me

    Jerry is too good for the Oscar telecast.

  • Brad

    Have you noticed that the Oscar broadcast is now consistent with going out to the red carpet and gushing over how the women look and who is with who and who’s wearing which designer’s clothes that will be on a rack in a couple of months. By the time everyone is seated, the host comes out and when they do what brought them on stage in the first place, people are bored. Then, 3 and a half hours later, it’s over. Why don’t they just give the awards of any awards show out in the parking lot. I’d rather watch the fights break out.

  • matt

    was that the same bear from over the hedge?

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