Just imagining the pairing of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as co-hosts of the Oscars gave me the first laugh from a show that's still four months away! Though it's partially an act of product placement -- Martin and Baldwin co-star with Meryl Streep in the upcoming comedy "It's Complicated" -- Oscar producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman are guilty of nothing more (or less) than perfect casting.

Hugh Jackman, last year's song-and-dance host, did the right thing in declining a sequel. He was a novelty act, and a pretty good one, but Martin and Baldwin will give us the tongue-in-cheek presence that has been the host's signature since Bob Hope handed off to Johnny Carson who handed off to Billy Crystal. There have been other hosts strewn between, including on two occasions Steve Martin, but Martin and Baldwin together -- sublime.
categories Movies, Hot Topic