Ellen DeGeneres is back to host the 86th annual Academy Awards. The talk-show host, stand-up comedy veteran, and former Emmys host graced the stage once before in 2007.
Now, take a look back at past Oscars hosts through the years…
Voice actor, director, and “Family Guy’’ creator Seth MacFarlane hosted the 85th Academy Awards in 2013.
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James Franco and Anne Hathaway
“Rachel Getting Married’’ star Anne Hathaway shared the stage with “127 Hours’’’ leading man James Franco for the 2011 ceremony.
Qualifications:The two are both charming and highly talented — Hathaway was nominated for an Oscar in 2009, and Franco was up for one at last year’s ceremony. However, the pair were met with mixed opinions when it came time to, with some calling out Hathaway on being too hyper, and Franco on seeming borderline bored.
Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin
We got two for the price of one in 2010 as “It’s Complicated’’ co-stars Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin shared hosting duties.
Qualifications: The legendary Steve Martin — goofy, loveable — coupled with Alec Baldwin’s witty, straight-man routine was reason enough to tune in on Oscar night. Martin was no stranger to the Academy Awards stage himself, having previously hosted the show solo in both 2001 and 2003.
A singing, dancing, and acting Hugh Jackman assumed hosting duties for the 81st Academy Awards ceremony, showing off the true triple threat that he is.
Qualifications: From romantic comedies, blockbuster hits, and Broadway — Jackman can do it all. Hosting was just the icing on the cake.
Jon Stewart hosted the 80th Academy Awards ceremony, reprising his 2005 turn as Oscars emcee.
Qualifications: The repeat Oscar host has plenty of experience keeping a crowd entertained on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.’’
Comedian and former “Saturday Night Live’’ cast member Chris Rock hosted the 77th Academy Awards in 2005.
Show highlights: During the show, Rock poked fun at Jude Law when he asked the audience “Who is this guy?’’ Later in the show during his acceptance speech, Sean Penn used his acceptance speech to defend Law, saying he was “one of our finest young actors.’’
The eight-time Academy Awards show host last ran the Oscar stage last year. He holds the record as the second most-frequent host of the show. (Only Bob Hope has hosted more times than Crystal.)
Qualifications: Well-loved for films such as “When Harry Met Sally’’ and “City Slickers,’’ Crystal got his start in stand-up comedy and was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live’’ in 1984.
Two-time host Steve Martin got mixed reviews after his first stint in 2001. Martin’s comedic attempts to spice up a dull show fell flat, according to a BBC review. When it was announced that Martin would reprise his hosting duties in 2003, he reportedly told the press, “I’m very pleased to be hosting the Oscars again because fear and nausea always make me lose weight.’’
Qualifications: The frequent “Saturday Night Live’’ host has put his comedic stamp on films such as “The Jerk,’’ “Roxanne,’’ and “Father of the Bride.’’
Whoopi Goldberg helped pass out gold statues four times. She hosted the Academy Awards in 1994, 1996, 1999, and 2002.
Qualifications: Actor and comedian Goldberg is no stranger to winning awards, either. She is one of 10 people who have won an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, and a Tony Award, according to the Internet Movie Database.
Talk-show host and comedian David Letterman hosted the 67th Academy Awards in 1995.
Show highlights: Letterman joked with actors Uma Thurman and Keanu Reeves and talk-show host Oprah Winfrey about their odd names by introducing the performers to each other. This joke (and many others) did not go over well with the audience and Letterman’s hosting abilities were panned by critics.
Chevy Chase first hosted the show in 1987 alongside Paul “Crocodile Dundee’’ Hogan and Goldie Hawn. He hosted again in 1988 by himself.
Qualifications: The ‘80s movie star, who was part of the original “Saturday Night Live’’ cast, had a run as the funny yet lovable leading man in films like “National Lampoon’s Vacation,’’ “Caddyshack,’’ and “Three Amigos!’’ Chase currently stars on the NBC comedy “Community.’’
The consummate entertainer hosted the show a whopping 18 times in total. That’s a lot of Oscars!
Qualifications: Besides holding the title for most-frequent host of the Oscars, Hope is also in “The Guinness Book of World Records’’ for being the “most-honored entertainer.’’ Hope won more than 1,500 awards during his lifestime, which included singing, dancing, and acting in addition to his hosting duties.
Old blue eyes, Frank Sinatra, hosted the Academy Awards back in 1963.
Qualifications: The legendary “Rat Pack’’ crooner and screen star won an Oscar in 1954 for his role in “From Here to Eternity.’’
Johnny Carson hosted the show five times from 1979 to 1985.
Qualifications: The entertaining “King of Late Night TV’’ hosted his long-running show “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’’ from 1962 to 1992.
Newton native and 1946 Harvard University graduate Jack Lemmon hosted the Academy Awards four times.
Qualifications: The legendary actor and two-time Oscar winner appeared in such iconic films as “Some Like It Hot,’’ “The Apartment,’’ and “The Odd Couple.’’
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