Martin and Baldwin To Host Oscars
The Oscars is pulling out all the stops this year.
In what appears to be yet another effort in boosting ratings, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will share hosting duties at the 82nd Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said yesterday.
The idea is not a new one. The pairing of Douglas Fairbanks and William DeMille helmed the inaugural Oscar ceremony in 1929. And the most recent case of multiple hosts came in 1987 with Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Paul Hogan.
Oscar veteran Martin has hosted the show twice before, in 2001 and 2003. This gig is a first though for Baldwin, known for his role on Comedy Central’s 30 Rock and nominated in 2003 for his supporting role in The Cooler.
Banking on the comedic duo, telecast plans of the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony are set for March 7, 2010.