8 Unforgettable Oscar Opening Sequences

Many people are speculating what this year’s host will bring to the table. Seth MacFarlane is known for his comedic performances as many voices on Family Guy and his portrayal of a talking teddy bear in Ted. Here are some past Oscar openings he has to measure up to.

As an unlikely host, Jon Stewart started out by showing all the other people that declined the job before the Academy settled on him in 2006. Throw in a little Halle Berry and George Clooney and you get this.

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Seth Rogan and James Franco reprised their Pineapple Express characters while they watch the 2008 Best Picture nominees.

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Being a Broadway actor as well helped Hugh Jackman perform a medley of songs for each of the Best Picture nominees for the 2009 Oscars. At one point he pulls Anne Hathaway out of the audience and makes her sing a song with him.

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While not hosting Neil Patrick Harris was chosen to open the show with a Broadway-esque dance number. We probably don’t want to see the actual 2010 hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin dancing with showgirls, wearing top hats, and belting out notes.

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Not sure what the Academy was thinking when they chose James Franco and Anne Hathaway as co-hosts in 2011. They were probably trying to reach out to a younger generation. We all know how that turned out.

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Billy Crystal has hosted the Oscars many times. Sometimes he just has to shake things up a bit. So in 2012, he put himself into all of the Best Picture nominated movies and threw in some Justin Bieber for the kids.

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Largely considered one of the Academy’s biggest mistakes is this opening sequence from the 1989 Oscars with Snow White and Rob Lowe.