With the Oscars less than a week away, the various tabloid television shows will most likely be filled with the, so called, Hollywood experts who will do their best to spin the most favored movies before this years Academy Awards.
I'm going to watch the broadcast, Sunday, not because of the movies that were nominated, but to see how Jon Stewart performs as the host of the show for the first time. None of the top movies interest me that much. In fact, I haven't seen any of the best picture nominated movies and I don't even plan on seeing them later when they are released on DVD. Hollywood has big problems right now writing and releasing movies that most folks want to go see and with the price of a movie ticket hovering around $10, a new movie had better be darn good or most folks will find something else to do with that money.
Jon Stewart should help this years show stay interesting, because he has a great way of delivering a punch line and much of his success in comedy is based more on what he doesn't say, than what he does. He's fantastic at making a small statement and then just letting his facial expressions carry the joke to a wonderful conclusion.
I've always been a fan of Billy Crystal, too, but I can envision Jon Stewart doing an equally good job, as long as the shows producers don't try to micro-manage his humor. The best thing producers could do is just let Jon, be himself and millions of people will watch this awards show that normally could care less about who and what was nominated.
With all the news about the UAE ports deal and other Bush administration miss-steps being reported everyday, Jon Stewart should have more than enough material to keep us laughing all night long on Sunday. Even if that night doesn't end until way past midnight.