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February 24, 2009

Jon Stewart misses Oscar

Jon Stewart was licking his wounds for two reasons last night -- first, he was passed over in favor of Hugh Jackman as host of the "81st Annual Academy Awards" and second, he picked "Space Chimps" to sweep the night. 

Of all the rotten luck.

And then, his cohort John Oliver ripped apart Stewart's two-term Oscar hosting gig, calling him "the George W. Bush of comedy," leading the Academy to rip up the format and start over again in his wake. Jackman blazed in to play the Obama/hero role.

Poor Stewart. It wasn't his fault that Hollywood's A-listers completely turned on him in his second hosting turn last year. But boy did they, refusing to connect on any level to his "ironic detachment." It's not the last we expect to see of comedians at the Academy Awards podium, but it may be a while before one returns. Depends on when Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres or Tina Fey is available.

Watch John Oliver take Stewart down a few pegs here.


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