Jon Stewart Hosting 2008 Oscars

The New York Times reports that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is expected to announce that comedian Jon Stewart will host the 80th Annual Academy Awards.

“The Daily Show” comedian hosted the ceremony in 2006 to generally good reviews. Whilst his biting humor style was toned down somewhat for the show – it received more acclaim than Chris Rock’s fiery routine in 2005 or Ellen DeGeneres’ schmaltzy soft approach at this year’s ceremony.

The Academy has declined to comment. The Awards are scheduled for February 24th at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.