This year’s Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel earned raves from fans and critics alike, thanks in part to the self-deprecating way in which he handled Envelopegate. Do you want to see Kimmel return to the Oscars stage next year, or are you instead rooting for another past host to make a long-awaited encore? Take our poll below to let us know who should return to host the show next February. (Also see our earlier poll about possible first-time hosts.)
Besides Kimmel, let’s take a look at some of the eligible most-likely choices for this new poll below. You can see Oscar hosts through the years in this photo gallery.
Chris Rock was the emcee in 2005 and 2016. He was the perfect choice last year as that was at the height of the infamous #OscarsSoWhite controversy, and no one could have handled it better.
Whoopi Goldberg has hosted four times in 1994, 1996, 1999, and 2002. Since her day job is on ABC’s “The View,” it’s probably only a matter of time before the Oscars ask her back.
Billy Crystal has the most experience with nine hosting assignments in 1990-1993, 1997-1998, 2000, 2004 and 2012. But will he bring in that coveted younger audience that ABC craves?
James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted together in 2011 and were unanimously panned for their efforts. Even Franco’s buddy Seth Rogen joked to Gold Derby that he would never want to host the Oscars after seeing that.
Neil Patrick Harris was the host in 2015. Some of his jokes failed to land, including his “Birdman” underwear parody and the Octavia Spencer/magic briefcase gag that went on a bit too long.
Hugh Jackman sang, danced, and hosted in 2009 and is regarded by many as the best to only host once. With the success of “Logan,” might Jackman finally be ready for an Oscar encore?
David Letterman hosted just once in 1995, and we have a feeling the retired talk show host may never live down his failed his “Uma/Oprah” routine.
Seth MacFarlane was the choice in 2013. While it’s true some of his gags didn’t land, MacFarlane was an out-of-the-box pick that many still applaud to this day as being an underrated host.
Steve Martin has taken the job three times in 2001, 2003 and 2010 (co-hosting the last time with Alec Baldwin), but we’d love to see him return solo to the Oscars stage.
Jon Stewart was the ringleader in 2006 and 2008. Something tells us he misses the limelight and his gig at “The Daily Show,” as he’s always popping up on “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to give the latest political commentary.