As the Golden Globes officially kicked off the award season, Hollywood has now less than two months to find an Oscars host with no homophobic jokes up their sleeve.
After anti-LGBTI tweets posted by the previously announced host Kevin Hart resurfaced, he stepped down on 7 December 2018 amid huge criticism.
The Academy has been struggling to find a replacement ever since. They even suggested reinstating the American comedian after he issued a new weird apology in the third person.
While former Oscars host and lesbian icon Ellen DeGeneres weighed in to defend Hart, the Internet isn’t having it. Many are calling for an openly LGBTI host to step in on 25 February.
Here is a list of gay, bi, lesbian and trans celebrities – plus a dream host! – that would be amazing on stage at the Dolby Theatre.
1 Kate McKinnon
Let’s face it, openly lesbian SNL queen Kate McKinnon would be perfect as the host for the 91st Oscars.
The Emmy winner has even taken a parting shot at Hart in an SNL Oscar Host Auditions sketch last December.
Impersonating Ellen DeGeneres, she said: ‘Hey I’m Ellen. I’ll host the Oscars, sure. I haven’t done anything controversial in my life, except for being gay, you know. But people like that now. Except for… the guy that was supposed to host.’
Expect more sass as Kate will hold accountable a room full of tipsy A-listers with her sharp tongue and great smile. And with more than 70 celebrities she is able to impersonate, who needs co-hosts?
2 Wanda Sykes
Wanda Sykes has been a comedy legend for the past thirty years and she would surely know how to slay the most important night of Tinseltown.
Previously married to a man, Sykes came out as gay in 2008. A talented writer and actress, Emmy winner Wanda can work wonders at the Dolby Theatre with her blunt humor. We’re here for her calling Trump a ‘lying motherfucker’ once more and retweet her GIFs.
3 Margaret Cho
Bisexual comedian Margaret Cho knows her way around tricky awards nights after mocking Kim Jong-un at the Golden Globes in 2015, a sketch for which she got mixed reactions.
She will keep on shocking audiences with Mercy Mistress, a new web series on BDSM which she produced on the life of BSDM master Yin Q.
It might be a long way till we see a BDSM performance at the Academy Awards, but we’re sure Cho would give her public something to talk about for days to come anyway. Who doesn’t love a good Oscars controversy after all?
4 Jane Lynch
Award-winning actress-comedian Jane Lynch smashed it as the host for the Emmys in 2011, so the Oscars would just be the next step for her.
Would the Glee lesbian actress give the stars of Hollywood a pep talk à la Sue Sylvester during the opening monologue? We’d love to hear it.
5 Sean Hayes
Will & Grace actor Sean Hayes is the real deal if you’re after flamboyant musical numbers and a spectacular opening monologue.
Get your dancing shoes on and get ready for a night the talentless Jack McFarland wouldn’t be able to attend in his wildest dreams.
6 Hannah Gadsby
Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby is among the names suggested as potential hosts for the Academy Awards.
She rose to international fame thanks to her Netflix comedy special Nanette, which tackles several LGBTI issues. Variety suggested hiring her would provide a telling rebuke of Hart’s past homophobia. We second that.
7 Billy Porter
Pose actor Billy Porter stole the show at the Golden Globes with his golden embroidered suit and pink cape. Just imagine what he would wear as the main host for the Academy Awards!
A Broadway performer and pop singer, Porter won a Tony Award in 2013 for the role of Lola in Kinky Boots.
We only have one concern. As his ensemble for the GG took six months to make, it might be too late to book the Best Actor nominee and his fabulous wardrobe now. Next year?
8 Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer
Okay, the Academy Awards might be an unlikely setting for the duo behind genius sitcom Broad City. However, these two talented writers – and IRL besties – would bring a long-overdue, fresh feminist perspective to the slightly stale Oscars milieu.
As the show about two young women living in NYC draws to a close, Jacobson (who’s bi) and Glazer might finally get the bigger spotlight they deserve. Bisexuality, sexual liberation, and female empowerment could translate well to the Oscars stage after the MeToo scandal. Way to go.
9 Billy Eichner
Billy On The Street shouting at every presenter and announcing the winners of every single category screaming at the top of his lungs? We stan.
He would obviously run through the audience as well. In a tuxedo. And his inseparable microphone, of course.
10 Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton
Remember when lesbian actress Lily Tomlin called out the ‘sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigots’ at the Emmys 2017 together with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton? It was glorious.
It might be high time for a reminder courtesy of the 9 to 5 girls.
11 Laverne Cox
Trans activist and Orange Is The New Black actress Laverne Cox broke ground when she became the first trans person nominated at the Emmys in an acting category in 2014.
She could do so once again as the first trans Oscars host.
Her credentials? Oh, she just starred as Dr. Frank-N-Further, dancing and singing in fishnets and ridiculously high heels in the 2016 remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The TV movie got mixed reviews, but her performance was highly praised by audiences and critics alike.
12 Tituss Burgess
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actor – and three times Emmys nominee – is a combo of killer sass and moves.
If he sings the whole Oscars opening monologue in his tenor voice, he has our blessing.
13 Wild card: Cher
This would be quite a culmination of a very Cher year. An icon and LGBTI ally, Cher would make a brilliant, hilarious Oscars host.
We’re well aware this isn’t going to happen in a billion years, but how cool would it be?