2. Ellen DeGeneres
The brilliance of DeGeneres' stint as host is that she came off like the anti-Rock all effusive, chatty charm while fitting in a nonstop array of darkly sly jabs. To Peter O'Toole: ''Congratulations on your eighth nomination! You know what they say: Third time's the charm!'' On her childhood goals: ''Most people had a dream of winning an Academy Award. I had a dream of hosting. Let that be a lesson to you kids out there: Aim lower.'' DeGeneres also successfully turned the show into her own little playhouse, whether she was hitting the aisles to give a screenplay to Martin Scorsese (''It's a cross between Goodfellas and Big Momma's House!'') or vacuuming the floor underneath the front row as part of her hosting duties. She also fired off one of the great and most honest one-liners in Oscar host history: ''Let's be honest. It's not that we don't have time for long speeches. We don't have time for boring speeches.''