The Motion Picture Academy is scrambling to find a replacement to host the Oscars after Kevin Hart quit over a controversy over his homophobic past tweets.
Proven veterans like Ellen DeGeneres (who hosted in 2014 and 2007) and Neil Patrick Harris (2015) would likely top any list of replacements, but Tasmania’s Hannah Gadsby has emerged as a dark horse contender after stealing the show at the Emmy awards in September.
Gadsby was one of a number of suggestions put forth by Variety, along with rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina and Girls Trip actress Tiffany Haddish.
Gadsby’s comedy features strong social commentary on a number of LGBTQ issues, and she is openly lesbian, which would provide a robust contrast with Hart’s past homophobia.
“Asking Hannah Gadsby to host the Oscars is the most obvious thing in the world, come the eff on, Academy,” wrote Rachel Vorona Cote on Twitter.
“Hannah Gadsby would be brilliant,” another user wrote.
Others were less enthusiastic with some calling her unfunny.
Other possible hosts floated by Variety include Billy Eichner; Donald Glover; Ken Jeong; Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele; Melissa McCarthy; Lin Manuel-Miranda; Patton Oswalt; Issa Rae and Wanda Sykes.
The last Australian to host the Oscars was Hugh Jackman in 2009. Paul Hogan did it in 1987.