Without the need to fit in all the monologues, skits and handovers that are the mainstay of a host's work, Time Was available for far better speeches and emotional punches; the announcing of a winner given a precious few extra seconds for its meaning to really take root.
Suddenly The Job looked like a poisoned chalice.
Who was a big enough name who had so little troublesome material in their back catalogue that they, too, wouldn't feel a Twitter backlash the moment they were announced?
No-one, it seemed.
So The Oscars went hostless for the First Time since the disastrous 1989 show, regarded as the worst in History - though this actually was nothing to do with not having a host; the awfulness was down to some badly misguided song-and-dance routines.
And it went so well, it would almost be a surprise if they bother with a host again.
Faced with only a few weeks to pull a whole new show together, The Producers had two brilliant ideas.Maya Rudolph , Tina Fey and Amy Poehler gave the closest the awards got to an opening monologue
The First was to get Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph to effectively do the traditional opening monologue (after an opening performance from Queen, which got Most People mildly waving an arm around, in a we've-not-really-had-enough-to-drink-yet-But -OK kind of way).
Fey and Poehler had hosted the Golden Globes before and had been tipped as potential Oscars hosts; this was near-as-dammit them doing it, except they (with Rudolph) did a show's worth of material in two minutes.
"We won't be doing awards during the commercials, But we will be presenting commercials during the awards," said Poehler.
"So if all The Winners could all say Hellman's Mayonnaise: We're on the side of food instead of their speeches, that would be great. "
And Then they left. All killer lines. No padding, no filler, no flannel. Brilliant.
Now that eight films are in contention, each gets a little spot where a celebrity introduces them.Serena Williams made a welcome appearance On Stage
It was fun, it expanded the diversity of presenters, and it worked.
(Well, that and Samuel L Jackson having to hand over a best original screenplay Oscar to Green Book . As good an actor as Jackson is - and there are few better - he could not act happy for that. )
But The Good Moments - of which there were Many - were allowed to breathe and stand out so much because they weren't rushed in order to fit the meaningless skits that exist just to give The Host something to do, like When Jimmy Kimmel brought in a busload of tourists to confusedly mill around the Dolby Theatre .
She talked about her children and she talked about Young Girls watching and practising their own acceptance speeches.
It was touching and wonderful.Olivia Colman is The First British best female winner in 10 years
(Colman's Life Story could One Day be an Oscar-winning film in itself - from the low of Confetti, When the film-makers went back on A Promise to pixelate her nudity, to winning an Academy Award. Confetti's director, meanwhile, has since made four Nativity films; thus far they have all been untroubled by Oscar nominations. )
And there was also The Sheer joy When - a minute after having to hold his nose with the Green Book award, Samuel L Jackson got to give best adapted screenplay to BlacKkKlansman's writer "Spike LEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"Spike Lee won his First Oscar at The Ceremony
But there were several heartfelt references from the wide variety of winners from different backgrounds to political issues.
Chef Jose Andres spoke of "immigrants and women, who move humanity forward".Melissa Berton and Rayka Zehtabchi's Speech was emotionally charged as they collected The Documentary award for Period
The Winners of best short documentary for Period. End Of Sentence talked of the enormous issues that still exist around access to sanitary products.
They need never bother with a host again.
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