In our poll asking which former host should return for the 2018 Oscars, the most recent emcee Jimmy Kimmel finds himself at the top with 32% support. Not to be outdone, two-time ringleader Ellen DeGeneres earns 30% of the vote from her fans. Rounding out the Top 6 choices, Hugh Jackman comes in at 12%, followed by Whoopi Goldberg with 10%, Billy Crystal at 7% and then Chris Rock with 5%. Of these six picks, who do YOU think should return as Oscars host? Take our poll below to let us know. (Also see our earlier poll about possible first-time hosts.)
Kimmel earned universal acclaim for his handling of the Best Picture mix-up this year, when “La La Land” was mistakenly named the Oscar winner instead of “Moonlight.” Earlier in the show he dropped candies from the sky and let a tour bus of unsuspecting people into the theater.
DeGeneres was the emcee in 2007 and 2014, and is perhaps best known for her impromptu celebrity selfie with the likes of Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Brad Pitt. She also gained praise for the way she interacted with the audience of A-listers.
Jackman sang, danced, and hosted in 2009 and is regarded by many as the best to only host one time. With the success of “Logan,” might Jackman finally be ready for an Oscar encore?
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. She is best known for dressing up in elaborate costumes to honor the nominees.
Crystal has the most experience with nine hosting assignments in 1990-1993, 1997-1998, 2000, 2004 and 2012. His last time at-bat came after host Eddie Murphy backed out, but does this legend bring in the coveted younger audience that ABC craves?
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.