Justin Timberlake in Talks to Host 2014 OSCARS?


Following the news that the 86th Annual Academy Awards have been bumped to March due to the Olympics, rumors are swirling as to who will take the stage. Or in the latest rumor's case, who will don the 'suit and tie.'

According to a report from The National Enquirer - feel free to take it with a heaping pile of salt - Justin Timberlake is being prepped as host for the 2014 awards show. Seth MacFarlane took the reins of this year's edition, mostly to negative reviews.

Nothing is set in stone in the emcee department as of now, and most likely won't be for months. But as the rumor spreads, producers may take notice. Timberlake has reemerged in 2013 as a major musical and cultural force, with his album THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE becoming the fastest-selling album of the year, surpassing Mumford and Son's "Babel," which has sold over 631,000 so far in 2013. His latest album is nearing 'Platinum' status just a week after its release.

As ABC announced last week, the 86th Academy Awards will air on Sunday, March 2, 2014, and the 87th on Sunday, February 22, 2015. The ceremonies will be held at The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network.

ABC's broadcast of the 85th "Oscars" telecast drew an average audience of 40.4 million Total Viewers and delivered a 13.0 rating, 31 share among Adults 18-49. The 2013 "Oscars" is TV's most-watched entertainment telecast in 3 years, and grew its overall audience for the 2nd straight year (+3%), surging 11% in Adults 18-49 to its best numbers since 2010. Overall, it was the "Oscars'" 2nd-most-watched telecast since 2005. In addition, the Seth MacFarlane-hosted show scored big gains year to year with Adults 18-34 (+19%), hitting its highest number in 6 years - since 2007 - and towered over other awards shows, outdrawing the 2013 "Golden Globe Awards" by 20.7 million viewers and 103% in Adults 18-49 and the 2013 "Grammy Awards" by 12.0 million viewers and 29% in Adults 18-49.