After presiding over last year’s infamous Oscar ceremony in which “La La Land” was mistakenly named the Best Picture winner instead of “Moonlight,” all eyes were on host Jimmy Kimmel at his second time at bat. How would Kimmel address the fiasco known as Envelopegate? Would he do a pre-taped segment or just come out and recite his monologue? Now that we’ve seen Kimmel in action, vote in our poll below to let us know how YOU thought he did as host of the 2018 Oscars.
Kimmel was announced to return way back in May, suggesting that the motion picture academy wanted to give him a re-do after last year’s disaster. Similarly, producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd also returned to oversee the 2018 ceremony.
The last Oscars host to preside over two consecutive ceremonies was Billy Crystal in 1997 and 1998, putting Kimmel in rare company indeed. According to our readers, Kimmel did a stellar job hosting last year’s Oscars, with many giving him credit for the way he handled the Best Picture mix-up.
Prior to Kimmel, ABC tried out a vast selection of Oscar hosts including Chris Rock (2005 and 2016), Neil Patrick Harris (2015), Ellen DeGeneres (2007 and 2014), Seth MacFarlane (2013), James Franco & Anne Hathaway (2011), Steve Martin & Alec Baldwin (2010), Hugh Jackman (2009), Jon Stewart (2006 and 2008), Steve Martin (2001 and 2003) and Whoopi Goldberg (1994, 1996, 1999, 2002).
None of those hosts come close to matching Crystal’s nine times as host (1990-93, 1997-98, 2000, 2004 and 2012). Of course, actor and comedian Bob Hope holds the record for the most frequent Oscar emcee with 19 appearances either solo or as co-host.