Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin to co-host Oscars

source: reuters.com

Comedy legend Steve Martin and one-time Oscar nominee Alec Baldwin have been named as the hosts of the 2010 Academy Awards ceremony.

The announcement of the hosting duo comes as a surprise following last year’s Hugh Jackman-hosted telecast, in which the song-and-dance man aided in a ratings boost for the flailing awards show.

Martin previously hosted the 2001 and 2003 ceremonies. Baldwin, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 2004 for his performance in The Cooler, is a first-time Oscar host.

The two are also starring together in the upcoming Nancy Meyers comedy It’s Complicated, alongside Meryl Streep.

“I don’t play the banjo but I’m thrilled to be hosting the Oscars — it’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” Baldwin said in a statement.

“I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin,” Martin said.

Hairspray director Adam Shankman will co-produce the show. It will be held in Los Angeles on March 7th, 2010.

Oh, and It’s Complicated hits Australian cinemas January 7th, 2010.

Discuss: I’m big fans of Martin and Baldwin, BUT, wouldn’t it have been great if Meryl Streep could have also joined them. She is one funny lady. I guess the problem is that she’s always nominated, so it’s a bit of a conflict of interest to have her host as well. Anyway, your thoughts?

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