The Late Movies: Oscar Monologues

Erica Palan

Yesterday, it was announced that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will host this year's Academy Awards. The Oscars have a storied history of hosts, ranging from the iconic Johnny Carson to Bob Hope to David Letterman. The opening monologue is a critical moment in each host's stint -- the first glimpse into whether the evening will be wildly successful or an epic flop. Here, six Oscar openings from years gone by.

Seth MacFarlane

MacFarlane released this video, featuring his dad.

Billy Crystal

Nine-time Academy Award host, Crystal began his gig in 1989.

Johnny Carson

The Tonight Show host emceed the Oscars five times, the third most of any Academy Awards host. Here he is in 1980 when Ordinary People won Best Picture.

Bob Hope

Hope hosted the Oscars an astounding 19 times (ten more than the beloved modern host Billy Crystal). Here he is in 1954, the year he co-hosted with Thelma Ritter.

Whoopi Goldberg

Goldberg became the first African-American female to host the Academy Awards in 1994.

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin

In 2009, the two funny men co-hosted the 82nd Academy Awards.