The Oscar Hostess the Academy Needed

Heidi, the Cross-Eyed Opossum Picks Oscar 2011 winner Colin Firth
Heidi the Cross-Eyed Opossum Picks Oscar 2011 winner Colin Firth

Many have complained that the 2011 Oscar ceremony was dull. That hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco were out of their element. That the ceremony was predictable. That the jokes were lame.

Now imagine if you had a German cross-eyed opossum hosting the proceedings – or at least acting as one of the night's presenters. Personally, I believe the 2011 Oscar ceremony would have skyrocketed in the ratings, beating both the Nielsen-friendly, booze-soaked Super Bowl parties and the 1998 Oscar ceremony when James Cameron's Titanic swept the board.

In the picture above, the Leipzig Zoo's Heidi, the Cross-Eyed Opossum, impersonates glamorous Hollywood star Sandra Bullock by handing the Oscar to a photo of (a cross-eyed-looking) Colin Firth. Had Firth received his golden statuette from Heidi's hands, he wouldn't have just felt his upper abdominals "threatening to form themselves into dance moves." He'd have gotten down and dirty, jitterbugging on stage.

Heidi may also be a soothsayer, having "predicted" that Natalie Portman was going to be the year's Best Actress winner. Apparently, some of her other predictions weren't exactly accurate, though I'm sure she beat ours at Alt Film Guide.

Note: According to a Huffington Post report, the Academy did invite Heidi to the Oscar ceremony. Also worth noting, is that Heidi's crossed eyes may have been a result of a poor diet when she was young. She is now on a diet; possibly, her eyes will return to normal.

Photo: ABC.

Heidi the Soothsayer source: Time

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