02/22/2013 06:39 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Who Should Host the Oscars Next Year?

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Answer by Mark Hughes, Screenwriter, Forbes Blogger

The Muppets.

I realize there wasn't enough time for them to prepare for it this year, on such short notice, but now they have no excuse for not spending the next 12 months setting up the most awesome Oscar show of all time by having the Muppets host.

If necessary, they could have Jason Segel co-host it (and write it) with the Muppets and get Judd Apatow to produce it. That would be kind of epic, actually.

People might say, "But it's not as relevant since there's no Muppet film out this year." To which I'd say, "The Muppets are ALWAYS relevant and maybe they'll hurry and make another one to release at Christmas in 2013 and HEY YOU GET OFF MY CLOUD!"

Just sit back for a moment and imagine an Oscar show where you WANT to see all of the "Best Song" and "Best Score" nominees represented by long music-and-dance routines. Imagine seeing the Best Picture nominees each represented by a "remake" of a scene featuring Muppets. Imagine the hosts (Kermit, Piggy, and Segel -- because yes, now I'm convinced he should co-host with them) being heckled by Statler and Waldorf.

In short, imagine the greatest Oscar show of all time. Because that's what it would be, and the ratings would be spectacular.

If, however, the Academy refused to ask the Muppets to host with Segel, then I'd suggest they get Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy (give him a blank check if necessary), Tina Fey (and hire Kristen Wiig as one of the writers), Ricky Gervais, or go with a team-up of one of the following:

1. Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert (with their own writers)

2. Steve Carell and Will Ferrell (and let them pick their writing team)

But really, it's gotta be the Muppets.

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