Alec Baldwin hosts Elle event

Women in Hollywood gala night of laughs

If it were up to Carol Burnett, Alec Baldwin would be hosting the upcoming Oscar ceremony. As she took the dais to introduce her “chum” and Legend Award honoree Julie Andrews at Monday night’s Elle Women in Hollywood event, Burnett said she’d give him her vote to emcee the kudocast.

Baldwin killed as host of the Elle event. And with helmer Adam Shankman in the room — on the eve of the announcement that he would be one of the Oscar show producers — it’s possible that Baldwin now sits on the hosting shortlist.

Andrews added: “You, my dear Alec, have been legendary for years. You’re delicious.”

It almost felt as if it was more Baldwin’s night than that of the eight women being honored by the women’s mag at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons.

“I didn’t steal this role from a more qualified woman,” he insisted. “I worked just as hard as the ladies to get this job.” He said he’d demanded to be paid two-thirds of a male host’s salary, in solidarity with women over their pay disparity. But he did the gig for free. “So it’s a principled stance that happens to be meaningless,” he admitted.

Baldwin gamely plugged the evening’s sponsors. He thanked “Moet, but not Chandon — you know what you did…” — and he had jokes and jibes for nearly everyone that took the stage. He was relentless with Curtis Hanson, who had gone into too much detail in explaining why honoree Katie Holmes was so talented.

Presenter Bill Nighy also provided a bit of levity, introducing Emily Blunt. “I’ve worked extensively with Emily. She’s played both my daughter and my girlfriend,” he deadpanned.

More Scene

  • TBS 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee'

    Samantha Bee, Molly Ringwald Discuss #MeToo, Morgan Freeman at 'Full Frontal' FYC

    If it were up to Carol Burnett, Alec Baldwin would be hosting the upcoming Oscar ceremony. As she took the dais to introduce her “chum” and Legend Award honoree Julie Andrews at Monday night’s Elle Women in Hollywood event, Burnett said she’d give him her vote to emcee the kudocast. Baldwin killed as host of […]

  • The Paley Center for Media Presents

    Endemol Shine's Cris Abrego Shares Hope for Bilingual Programming at Paley Center

    If it were up to Carol Burnett, Alec Baldwin would be hosting the upcoming Oscar ceremony. As she took the dais to introduce her “chum” and Legend Award honoree Julie Andrews at Monday night’s Elle Women in Hollywood event, Burnett said she’d give him her vote to emcee the kudocast. Baldwin killed as host of […]

  • 'Adrift' film premiere

    'Adrift' Team Talks Making a 'Female Superhero' on the Open Ocean

    If it were up to Carol Burnett, Alec Baldwin would be hosting the upcoming Oscar ceremony. As she took the dais to introduce her “chum” and Legend Award honoree Julie Andrews at Monday night’s Elle Women in Hollywood event, Burnett said she’d give him her vote to emcee the kudocast. Baldwin killed as host of […]

  • HBO's 'SUCCESSION

    Why Brian Cox Says Wealthy Family Drama 'Succession' Is Both Timeless and Timely

    If it were up to Carol Burnett, Alec Baldwin would be hosting the upcoming Oscar ceremony. As she took the dais to introduce her “chum” and Legend Award honoree Julie Andrews at Monday night’s Elle Women in Hollywood event, Burnett said she’d give him her vote to emcee the kudocast. Baldwin killed as host of […]

  • Gracie Awards

    Rita Moreno Celebrates Female Empowerment at Gracie Awards: 'It's About Damn Time'

    If it were up to Carol Burnett, Alec Baldwin would be hosting the upcoming Oscar ceremony. As she took the dais to introduce her “chum” and Legend Award honoree Julie Andrews at Monday night’s Elle Women in Hollywood event, Burnett said she’d give him her vote to emcee the kudocast. Baldwin killed as host of […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content