No one in liberal Hollywood would nominate conservative actor James Woods to host the Oscars, but an op-ed in the New York Post suggests he would be “perfect” for the role.
The Golden Globe award show has taken a substantial hit in viewership since it began to take swipes at the president and focus on politics rather than honoring the talent of the actors, actresses, directors, producers, and others.
“With the 2019 Golden Globe Awards now upon us, only one thing is for sure: Not a lot of people are going to watch,” Jon Levine, a managing editor at the Wrap, wrote in a New York Post op-ed. “Ratings for the event last year fell 5 percent from their 2017 numbers and have fallen three out of the last four years. Oscars and Emmys? Even worse, with the 2018 shows declining 20 percent and 10 percent respectively from their 2017 ratings numbers.”
“How can the creative class convince millions of Americans who have tuned out to give them a second chance?” Levine asked. “To answer that, I have two words: James Woods.”
Levine argues that the actor known for his roles in “Casino,” “Videodrome” and “Once Upon a Time in America,” who is highly decorated as an actor, would be an excellent host for the gig.
He would remain true to the spirit of the award show while having a platform to challenge liberals and their disdain for Trump.
He has developed a passionate cult following among the same audience that briefly powered Roseanne Barr to the No. 1 show on television. That audience is still out there, still looking for someone who can be their ambassador to the cultural elite.
Yes, there would be “outrage.” Hollywood’s Jacobins of propriety would express their horror. Screenshots of trollish old tweets (and there have been many) would make the rounds. Words like “racist” and “sexist” would fly a mile a minute. But those costs would be a pittance compared to the millions of new viewers he’d bring in (along with the old viewers who’d be excited to see something different for a change).
The current crop of awards shows are not working. They have become celebrations of rich and beautiful people basking in their own glory. From the stage, righteous political sermons are delivered, alienating huge swaths of a potential audience. This year’s Golden Globe hosts, Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg, seem like nice, perfectly wholesome people — and that’s precisely the point.
The Oscar gig was initially offered and accepted by Kevin Hart, though he was forced to resign amid backlash from tweets he wrote in 2010 and 2011.
Here’s a sample from Woods’ Twitter: