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Saturday Night Live best host poll: Scarlett Johansson's big weekend turns up the heat on the competition

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Scarlett Johansson had one of those weekends that actors dream about. She starred in the most anticipated movie of the summer, which enjoyed the second biggest opening weekend in box-office history—bonus: she also starred in the record-holder—and she hosted Saturday Night Live to bask in the glow. It was her fourth time as guest host, and even if Johansson didn’t completely take over the show, she confidently delivered some highlights, from her extremely sultry monologue lullaby to the faux trailer for her long-awaited Black Widow movie. 

With only two episodes left—hosted by Reese Witherspoon and Louis CK—the competition for our next Mr. (or Ms.) Saturday Night contest is extremely tight. Taraji P. Henson is sitting pretty, posting an impressive debut showing with 55.5 percent of the vote. That’s three more points than Michael Keaton debuted with, and the Birdman star sank to a distant second. Dwayne Johnson was a solid third place, but nobody is safe this week. We learned that in our most recent poll when Martin Freeman, who hosted a memorable SNL, was finally eliminated. (A moment of silence, if you please.)

If Freeman can go, anybody can go. And since SNL all-star Bill Hader is currently on the plank, it will be interesting to see who fans think doesn’t belong from this top-notch group

Previous vote:

Taraji P. Henson     55.5% (—)

Michael Keaton       15.2% (-37 pts)

Dwayne Johnson    14.0% (-7)

Bill Hader                  8.8% (-3)

Martin Freeman        6.5% (-4)

Our rules are simple: Who was the best, most memorable SNL host this season? More specifically, who do you hope gets invited back next year? Whose hilarious episode enjoyed multiple viewings on your DVR? Whose show had your boss, your mom, and your roommate still giggling on Monday morning? It’s subjective, of course, but let’s reward the guest hosts who brought something special to the table.

So far, we’ve voted off Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Chris Pratt, Cameron Diaz, Woody Harrelson, James Franco, Amy Adams, Jim Carrey, Kevin Hart, J.K. Simmons, Blake Shelton, Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, and Freeman.

Below, watch one representative clip from each of the five hosts, just as a small taste of their recent performances. You’re not voting on this one sketch alone; be sure to consider the entire episode. Make your pick below, and the host with the least support will be eliminated; the other four will advance to compete against Witherspoon on May 9. Ultimately, we’ll dismiss the less memorable hosts and crown a new Mr. or Mrs. Saturday Night. Watch and vote below.

Bill Hader

 

Dwayne Johnson

 

Michael Keaton

 

Taraji P. Henson

 

Scarlett Johansson