updated 10/27/2009 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/27/2009 AT 12:55 PM ET
The first shot of next year’s awards season was fired Monday, with the welcome announcement that British raconteur Ricky Gervais will be hosting the Jan. 17 Golden Globe Awards ceremony. The appointment has even prompted an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, declaring that this could potentially take a lot of the glimmer off the Oscars.
Only not so fast. Gervais may often prove himself hysterically entertaining at Hollywood awards ceremonies – as his riff on the state of the crowd at last month’s Emmys proved – but there are still other show people who can lead the Oscars to glory.
And yet, who should that be? From these four, whom would you select?