With Ellen confirmed for next year, we size up every Oscar host of the new century
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Years: 2012, 2004, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990
Highlights: Just the hire alone was a highlight. After the disaster of producer Brett Ratner and subsequent exit of host Eddie Murphy, Crystal was a saving grace. All of that familiar Crystal humor -- the opening sketch featuring all the movies, the mind-reading bit -- was like a warm Oscar womb in which to retreat.
Lowlights: But even with the comfort of the usual, the whiff of staleness couldn't be avoided. They tried with Hathaway and Franco the year prior and again with Murphy, so points for that. But the presence of Crystal seemed to rather indicate the Academy Awards would (and perhaps should) forever have a whiff of antiquity, and the year's Best Picture winner certainly reflected that.