The two Jimmies that occupy a place on late night are battling it out for humor supremacy. Jimmy Fallon ain't the funniest guy in the world, but he's bound to win. After all, the ghost of Aunt Bea provides more laughs per day than Jimmy Kimmel.
Which may be why Jimmy Fallon and not that other guy may be hosting the Academy Awards in 2013. Jimmy Fallon has the ability to bring to the Oscars that which Billy Crystal certainly could not in 2012: a tiny bit of relevance to the 21st century. Fallon can also bring to the Oscar ceremony what Anne Hathaway and James Franco could not…or at least what James Franco could not: younger audience members.
If the Academy of Motion Arts and Pictures does decide to hire Jimmy Fallon to host the Oscar ceremony one thing is definitely for certain. It will go down in history as one of the few times that a network has jettisoned their own star of miniscule talent in favor of a star who is a thousand times more talented but happens to work for another network. The biggest obstacle to watching Jimmy Fallon bring a bit of relevance to the Academy Awards that was sorely missing under the guidance of the crystallized skull of Billy Crystal is that he works for NBC. Jimmy Kimmel, on the other hand, works for ABC.
So don't count on a funny guy named Jimmy hosting the Oscars. In fact, the odds are much greater that a distinctly unfunny guy name Jimmy will host the movie awards before Fallon.
Besides proving on a nightly basis that he has no grasp of the concept of humor, Jimmy Kimmel also famous proved he has no right to oversee the television awards show most associated with the movies. Take a look at the documentary about Star Wars fans titled "A Galaxy Far, Far Away." Kimmel and his equally comedy-challenged friend Adam Carolla showed up at the premiere of "The Phantom Menace" with the attempt to humiliate true movie fans as well as denigrate cancer victims. The movie is worth watching for a number of reasons, but near the top is the chance to watch Kimmel get his butt kicked by a bunch of nerds in costumes who prove themselves to be far hipper than even Kimmel thinks he is.
Let's hope ABC does the right thing and goes for talent over marketing their own product.
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