The Best 'Oscars' Hosts, Ranked. Do You Agree with Us?

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Every March, the annual Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars take place. The ceremony showcases the best achievements in motion picture performances. The set of 24 unique awards are given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A great deal of the ceremony is the awards, but America has seem to have made an even bigger deal of the show itself. In particular, the host of the Oscars is always in the brightest spotlight. We've learned the hard way that whoever is chosen to be the host can make or break the entire night.

Which previous Oscar hosts have stood out to you? We've put together a list of some fan favorites, let us know if you agree by voting!

  • Hugh Jackman (2009)

    Community Score: 8
    via Instagram: @thehughjackman

    Hugh Jackman hosted the Oscars in 2009 with Vegas on his mind. His stunning musical tribute to the nominees set the night off to a successful start.

  • Ellen Degeneres (2007)

    Community Score: 6
    via Instagram: @ellendegeneres.updates

    Degeneres' host performance was not one to forget. Aside from her unmatched humor, the night also saw some controversial comments made by the host. She would go on to host again in 2014.

  • Neil Patrick Harris (2015)

    Community Score: 4
    via Instagram: @neilpatrickharris

    This 2015 Oscar host navigated his way through the ceremony with his undeniable charm. Whoever chose Harris to play the role did us all a favor!

  • Anne Hathaway (2011)

    Community Score: 3
    via Instagram: @annehathaway

    Along with co-host James Franco, Anne Hathaway's epic performance back in 2011 still resonates. Dressed in a suit and tie, Hathaway hosted one of the best Oscar ceremonies yet.

  • Jimmy Kimmel (2017)

    Community Score: 2
    via Instagram: @jimmykimmel

    The 2017 Oscars hosted by Jimmy Kimmel was one of the best in history, according to viewers. His discussion was raw, funny, and even a bit political at times.

  • Billy Crystal (2012)

    Community Score: 1
    via Instagram: @untogetherfilm

    Many viewers were happy to see someone a bit more seasoned to host the Oscars in 2012. Crystal's performance definitely lived up to his role as a comedy trailblazer.

  • Chris Rock (2016)

    Community Score: 1
    via Instagram: @brotherjulius83

    Chris Rock totally exceeded expectations as the host of the Oscars back in 2016 (after his first time hosting in 2005). He addressed the elephant in the room after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, then continued to host the ceremony like no other.

  • James Franco (2011)

    Community Score: -7
    via Instagram: @officialjamesfrancoo

    James Franco's unforgettable 2011 hosting of the Oscars might be attributed to his co-host, Anne Hathaway. Either that or the fact that he was dressed completely in Marilyn Monroe drag.

  • Seth MacFarlane (2013)

    Community Score: -9
    via Instagram: @macfarlaneseth

    As the producer of Family Guy, viewers expected nothing but pure comedy from this host. It turns out MacFarlane has a bit of a serious side too. He was able to put it forward to host the Oscars in 2013.

  • Jon Stewart (2008)

    Community Score: -10
    via Instagram: @clusterfest

    The host of The Daily Show, John Stewart had quite the performance hosting the Oscars. His comments got a bit controversial and political, but this is nothing the ceremony hasn't seen before.