Like a true theater enthusiast, Salesianum School graduate Jake Collins enjoys writing songs to keep occupied. The Delaware native, who is now a sophomore Musical Theater student at Emerson College in Boston, has been writing lighthearted, sometimes silly songs for years now. But this time, his song has a goal.
On Monday, Collins released “You Should Let Me Host,” a four-minute ballad proclaiming his worthiness to host the upcoming Academy Awards.
What starts as a gentle piano melody quickly evolves into a full musical experience, complete with back-up singers and a brass band. The accompanying video takes viewers on a journey through Boston as Collins and a group of friends make an offer to the Academy. “I promise you will love me the most,” croons Collins. “So Mr. Oscar, you should let me host.”
The 92nd Academy Awards are set to take place on Sunday with no host, making this the second year that the famous award show has decided to go host-free since 1989.
Collins says he had the idea to reach out to the Academy last year when Kevin Hart stepped down from the gig after a string of controversies. When Collins learned that role would go unfilled again this year, he decided to make a fun video as a way to reach the Academy.
“I figured that the best way to present myself as a possible Oscars host was to write a silly song,” said Collins. “So I went ahead and did it.”
He got to work on the cheeky lyrics, and with the help of his friend Brendan Moriak, the song was recorded in the span of nine hours. Collins wasn’t sure what to expect when he released the song, but overall, he hopes it can bring some laughter to friends and the internet. The song is now available on YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.
After watching the award show nearly every year, Collins has some ideas for his own Oscars appearance. If he were to land the gig, Collins says the event would be complete with a musical introduction and Barack Obama as co-host. “Imagining him hosting the Oscars seems like a blast,” Collins said.
When he’s not making music, Collins can be seen performing on stage. Most recently, he has played Laurie (Little Women) at his college. He has also worked with the New Light Theatre Company, where he played Gabe in Next to Normal and Bernstein in Dogfight.
At Salesianum, he played Jean Valjean in Les Mis, Will Bloom in Big Fish, Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening and J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed.