British comedian Ricky Gervais is hotly tipped to host next year's (09) Academy Awards.
Gossips claim new Oscars bosses Laurence Mark and Bill Condon were impressed with The Office creator's laugh-raising stint at Sunday's (21Sep08) Emmy Awards, and they want to audition him for the Oscars.
A source tells, "The buzz around town is that Ricky should host the Oscars."
Previous Oscars hosts have included Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin, Jon Stewart and Billy Crystal.