The hosting recidivist–who has done turns at the Tonys and Emmys to good reviews–choked on the big Oscars stage. Harris tried to inject the evening with music and comedy (appearing in his briefs in a homage to “Birdman”), but he looked too nervous to ring in Hollywood’s annual prom night. Billy Crystal he was not.
Ellen DeGeneres hosted the awards for the second time in 2014. She previously hosted in 2007.
Seth MacFarlane brought his unique brand of crewd humor and showmanship to the Oscar stage in 2013.
Billy Crystal is second only to Bob Hope in number of hosting stints having led the awards show nine times, most recently in 2012.
James Franco and Anne Hathaway’s performance in 2011 was widly panned.
Alec Baldwin co-hosted the ceremony in 2010 with Steve Martin.
Steve Martin hosted the awards in 2001, 2003 and co-hosted in 2010.
Hugh Jackman brought his song-and-dance routine to the awards in 2009.
Jon Stewart brought his “Daily Show” stylings to the awards in 2006.