Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin Give Oscars a One-Two Punch

by | March 8, 2010 at 4:18 PM | TV News

Academy Award Co-Hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo)

Academy Award Co-Hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo)

Forget Martin and Lewis – now it’s Martin and Baldwin.

Picking up where their sizzling onscreen chemistry in the recent comedy ‘It’s Complicated‘ left off, the two Hollywood vets traded barbs and drolly roasted each other, as well as the nominees, with humility and precision as co-hosts of the 82nd annual Oscar Awards.

The dual emcees kicked off the ceremony with an over-the-top entrance (literally) in which they were lowered onto the stage from the rafters of the Kodak Theatre with sequins, dancing girls, feathers–and seat belts–that was slightly cheesy and reminiscent of a Vegas Night Club, but set a delightful tone for the show. Despite the funny men’s efforts to keep things moving, the show clocked in at an unusually long three hours and thirty minutes.

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In the opening monologue, Baldwin enthusiastically introduced his co-host as “one of the most enduring entertainers all time.” Martin dryly replied, “And this is Alec Baldwin.”

The pair’s chemistry crackled throughout Hollywood’s biggest night, such as when they traded comedic barbs about their ‘Complicated’ costar Meryl Streep, and when Martin blurted out, “That damn Helen Mirren!” and Baldwin shot back, “That’s Dame Helen Mirren.” Another highlight was when they donned a pair of 3-D glasses to look at ‘Avatar‘ director James Cameron.

Other bits included the guys snuggling up backstage in a double ‘Snuggie’ and getting into bed together for a spoof of ‘Paranormal Activity.’

Martin closed the night by opining, “The show is so long that ‘Avatar’ now takes place in the past.”

The last Oscar broadcast with more than a single host took place in 1987 when Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase and Paul Hogan emceed the show.

Martin hosted the Oscars twice before in 2001 and 2003. Multiple Emmy-Award winner and star of the NBC sitcom ‘30 Rock,’ Baldwin was nominated for an Academy Award for ‘The Cooler‘ in 2003 but failed to win.

The dynamic duo’s first Oscar gig also marked the ceremony’s highest rated telecast in the last five years, pulling 41.3 million viewers.

Baldwin walked away from the stage feeling pretty good about the night, too, telling Us Weekly: “I think it went great!”

How did you think the tag-team of Martin and Baldwin did as Oscars co-hosts?