But after years of observing the producers’ picks, we can attempt some purely speculative educated guesses about who might turn out to pay tribute.
• For Hoffman: High-profile co-stars Meryl Streep (“Kramer vs. Kramer”) and Robert Redford (“All the President’s Men”) are past honorees, a cohort the KenCen often taps to return the favor.
• For Letterman: His good pal and ’07 honoree Steve Martin is a good bet. Or Jon Stewart, who paid tribute to Springsteen here in ’09. Or — this would be delicious — 2010 honoree Oprah Winfrey.
• For Led Zeppelin: British peers like Daltrey/Townshend or Paul McCartney are tough to book. But grunge god Dave Grohl has graced the Honors before and might agree to salute his forebears.
Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to Mikhail Baryshnikov as a potential future Kennedy Center honoree. He received the honor in 2000.
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