Some people think award shows are for the birds; now
Days after the actor, comedian and host of this year's
Oswalt said he wasn't yet sure what kinds of birds he will bestow upon winners, though he did specify they will be adult specimens, not babies, and will be "cage-free." He added that the plumed prizes will be handled by the presenters and the winners.
Asked what exactly winners are supposed to do with their new feathered friends, Oswalt replied, "That's going to be up to the individual winners. They can keep them, they can set them free. Trust me, I know actors, I know directors. There's all kinds of things they can do with birds — some I'd rather not go into."
Curiously, Oswalt claimed to have "a paralyzing fear of birds," adding, "I have two weeks to get over this lifelong terror that I have. I don't think it'll affect my performance."
When asked whether he anticipates any backlash from animal-welfare groups, Oswalt archly said, "Each bird is given its own individual suite at Shutters on the Beach and its own personal limo driver. And we're setting each of them up with their own
A self-described film buff, Oswalt also expressed his excitement for the show, which takes place March 1 and will be broadcast on
If all goes well, Oswalt might even return for another hosting stint.
"If they let me host next year," he said, "I'm going to try to work up to mythological flying creatures: pegasi, rocs … anything like that. That's the kind of grandeur this awards ceremony deserves."