Delaware’s Aubrey Plaza is Ready to Host the Oscars

Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza, the star of the hugely popular Parks & Rec, says she would gladly host the Academy Awards

Sure, there’s Ryan Phillippe but does anyone contest that the reigning “most happening celebrity to come out of Delaware” is Ursuline grad Aubrey Plaza?

The star of the immensely popular Parks and Recreation has been tapped to host the Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 23rd.  The awards show celebrates independently-produced, non-big-studio movies and features (read: typically smaller budget), and Plaza herself was honored at last year event for Best First Feature for Ingrid Goes West, a film Plaza co-produced.

Plaza says it is a “dream come true to host a show that celebrates my greatest loves—independent film, the people that make them possible and live television!”

In a major feature in this week’s New York Times, “Aubrey Plaza would definitely host the Oscars,” the cheeky tour de force riffed about the mojo she’d bring to the not-quite-Academy Awards presentation, suggesting she was also available should the old Hollywood guard come calling.  A snippet:

The Oscars are going hostless this year. Your thoughts?

I think it’s kind of sad. I mean, Billy Crystal hosted eight times when I was in my prime having Oscar parties as a dorky teenager, and he did that kind of classic thing that I have such a nostalgia for. I think it’s helpful for the audience to have that person lead you through the ceremony — someone you feel like you’re in good hands with — and to say the thing that you can’t say but you’re all thinking. And when you don’t have one then it feels very like you’re watching a machine.

Would you ever host the Oscars if they asked?

Like, 100 percent. I would do it in a heartbeat. Why not? And at least they have the capability to put me on a harness and fly me in, like they used to do to Whoopi Goldberg. They can’t do that at the Spirit Awards. That was the first question I asked, and they were like, “No, we’re in a tent on the beach.” I’m just going to wash up on shore from the water, in rags.

As for the Independent Spirit Awards, Plaza told the Times:

“I’m just so obsessed with indie filmmakers and films, and I’ve followed this show my whole life, so it’s not just another gig for me — it’s really meaningful,” she said of the ceremony, airing from a Santa Monica, Calif., beach on Feb. 23 on IFC. “At the first meeting with the writers’ group, I gave a really cheesy spiel about how I actually care about independent films and would love to celebrate the beginnings of all of that.”

That means a more intimate vibe akin to when John Waters hosted the pre-televised version and “it felt a little bit more janky of a show,” she said. And a celebration of a time before the Indie Spirit Award nominees overlapped quite so much with the Oscars.

Click here to read the entire Times article.

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