This year's Academy Awards telecast seemed to suggest that the job of host was too big for one person. Still, as good a job as Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin did together, maybe the producers should have gone in the other direction and gone with no host at all.

Being Oscar host is a hard enough job for one person; it's tripped up such skilled comics as Chevy Chase, David Letterman, Jon Stewart and Chris Rock. You have to be able to pay homage to the prestige of the occasion while deflating the pretensions of the pampered Hollywood egos in attendance. You have to play to the insiders in the room and the outsiders watching at home. And you have to keep things zipping along in a show that seems doomed to run 3 1/2 hours no matter what you do.
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