The Oscars have a habit of being long, slow, and sometimes boring, but a game host can help things go a bit more smoothly. This year sees Ellen DeGeneres hosting for the second time, following a 2007 gig that saw her working overtime to sell some truly lousy jokes:

Here's hoping she has better material this year, and that she can match these 8 superior Oscar monologues from the likes of Jon Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Chris Rock, Steve Martin, and more.

Hugh Jackman (2009):

Jon Stewart (2008):

Ellen DeGeneres (2007):

Chris Rock (2005):

Steve Martin (2001):

Whoopi Goldberg (1996):

Billy Crystal before he was terrible (1990):

Johnny Carson (1980):

Bob Hope (1959, skip to 5:07):