Oscar Presenters: Rating Their Chemistry

Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart

Which Oscar presenters were perfect pairs and which ones were odd couples?

While the Oscar red carpet is the best place to check out who's dating who, the actual show is a great time to check out the chemistry between presenters. As with every broadcast, some of this year's couplings seemed really random (Jennifer Lopez and Sam Worthington) and others made perfect sense (Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner), but it was interesting to see which paired-up Oscar presenters really hit if off...and which ones looked like they just wanted to hit each other.

Best Chemistry

Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin - It's no surprise that this year's co-hosts—who starred together in It's Complicated and remain Saturday Night Live's most popular and frequent hosts—played beautifully off of each other. Some of their jokes may have been a little obvious, but they really had fun riffing and didn't earn any awkward silences from the audience. (Fellow comedian David Letterman knows all too well about those awkward silences!)

Cameron Diaz and Steve Carell - Steve was charming and self-effacing as usual during the lead-up to presenting the Best Animated Feature Oscar. The comedian delivered a speech about how "beautiful" he and Cameron are, then waited for Cameron's well-time punchline that the speech was originally written for her and Jude Law.

Amanda Seyfriend and Miley Cyrus - Miley may annoy us most days, but she was visibly nervous during the presentation of Best Original Song, so we actually felt a bit bad for her when she flubbed one of her lines. (A very small bit.) Together, she and the always-adorable Amanda were endearingly girly. In fact, we wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that the two are having a sleepover tonight and painting each other's nails at this very minute.

Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr. - The funny lady and the Iron man (who took the stage to present the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay) had the best chemistry of the night! Delivered with Tina's amazing dry wit and Robert's super-slick mock arrogance, their bit focused on the relationship between actors and writers, or as Robert called them, "handsome, gifted people" and "sickly little mole people." Fantastic. Now when can we expect Robert's cameo on 30 Rock

Molly Ringwald and Matthew Broderick - Although they weren't technically presenting, it was great to see these two introducing a tribute to the late John Hughes. No doubt seeing Samantha Baker and Ferris Bueller together after all these years made every '80s kid feel like they were at the best high school reunion ever.

Jennifer Lopez and Sam Worthington - This seemingly odd couple really seemed quite fond of each other. On the red carpet, Sam admitted that he was nervous to present with J. Lo, and she seemed to do her best to put him at ease. We liked how Jennifer happily said "hi" to Sam when they met center stage and how she playfully cozied up to him and looked over his shoulder when he opened the envelope to announce the winner of Best Original Score. 

Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodovar - The two directors weren't particularly amusing, but they seemed to share a nice rapport and mutual respect.

Worst Chemistry

Rachel McAdams and Jake Gyllenhaal - OMG. Did Rachel and Jake secretly date and have a nasty breakup? We're not sure why they were paired up together to present the Best Adapted Screenplay, but no one seemed angrier about it than them. They looked like two emotionless cyborgs up on that stage.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Tom Ford - A fashionista and a fashion designer presenting the Oscar for Best Costume Design? Sounds like a match made in Heaven, right? Unfortunately, it didn't work so well on Earth. SJP was rather wooden, and Tom came off more like "a serious man" than the fabulous director of A Single Man.

Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner - Sorry, Team Jacob. But the Robsten fans have nothing to worry about. There was absolutely zero chemistry between these Twilight and New Moon stars, who were on hand to present a tribute to horror movies. Of course, it's hard to read Kristen's one facial expression, but Taylor didn't seem to be having much fun either. Maybe he was just mad that she coughed all over his nice tux? 

Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper - We definitely didn't feel a bromance brewing here. It was more like a "there's only room in this town for one hunky lothario, pal" vibe.

What Chemistry?

The pairings of Carey Mulligan/Zoe Saldana and Zac Efron/Anna Kendrick didn't register anything on our chemistry meter. But they all sure looked pretty. Especially Zac.

Photo: Mark J. Terrill/AP.