As James Franco and Anne Hathaway prepare to take to the Kodak Theatre, we take a look at five of the best Oscar hosts…


It was a battle of the talk show hosts back in 1994 when David Letterman hosted the awards introducing Oprah Winfrey and Uma Thurman. “Oprah, Uma,” he said. “Uma, Oprah. Have you kids met Keanu?” Oprah naturally laughed at the time, but this act reportedly had the talk show host so annoyed that she boycotted his show for a decade after…



Chris Rock went edgy for his opening monologue at the Oscars in 2005, joking about politics, race and, of course, Jude Law. So edgy you’ll have to over to youtube to watch it!


Jackman leaves his claws at home for a toe-tapping Oscar year. Performing all the major movies of the year, Jackman jumps from Slumdog Millionare, The Dark Knight, The Reader to the Wrestler and many more. This year’s Oscar hostess Anne Hathaway even makes a brief appearance as Nixon to the adoring Jackman as Frost but the best is the above clip of Jackman’s concedes he hasn’t seen The Reader.


David Nevin

Well most people won’t even remember David Nevin – they’ll certainly remember the moment in 1974 when a man streaking across the stage. A perfectly calm Nevin simply retorts:”The only laugh that man will probably get in his life is by stripping and showing off his shortcomings. Burn

Jon Stewart


The the Oscar for most awkward silence goes to… Jon Stewart for hosting the 2006 ceremony. Kicking off the show, Stewart decided to tackle Scientology – a subject that to most sane humans would prompt laughter. But in a crowd of Tom Cruises, his piece was met with silence. Comedy gold.