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This list includes all Oscar hosts ever. Since the Academy Awards ceremonies began in 1929, 73 different people have hosted or co-hosted the event. Some have hosted multiple times, but none holds a candle to Bob Hope. The actor/comedian hosted the Oscars a record 18 different times, beginning in 1940. Other multiple hosts or co-hosts include Billy Crystal (8 times), Johnny Carson (5 times), Jack Lemmon (4 times) and Whoopi Goldberg (4 times).

Oscar hosts have included actors and actresses, film directors, musicians and comedians. Oh, and an animated Disney character. Yes, in 1958, Donald Duck co-hosted the Academy Awards alongside Bob Hope, David Niven, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon and Rosalind Russell. Donald didn't actually appear on stage, only on film, but this marks the only time any animated character has officially hosted the Oscars. This list of Oscar hosts by year has all the information you'll need about the guys and gals who have hosted this star-studded affair.

Who are the best Oscar hosts? This list will help determine the best of the best when it comes to previous Oscar hosts and Academy Awards hosts over the years.
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Joseph L. Mankiewicz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Joseph L. Mankiewicz All About Eve, The Philadelphia Story, Cleopatra - 1956

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Claudette Colbert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Claudette Colbert It Happened One Night, Private Worlds, Since You Went Away - 1956

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Jerry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Jerry Lewis The Nutty Professor, The King of Comedy, The Nutty Professor - 1956-1957, 1959

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Thelma Ritter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Thelma Ritter All About Eve, The Mating Season - 1955 (Co-host with Bob Hope)

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Fredric March is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Fredric March Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Best Years of Our Lives - 1954

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Donald O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Donald O'Connor Singin' in the Rain - 1954

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Danny Kaye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Danny Kaye The Kid from Brooklyn, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Inspector General - 1951

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Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Fred Astaire Top Hat, Swing Time, Royal Wedding - 1951

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Paul Douglas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Paul Douglas Angels in the Outfield, It Happens Every Spring, Panic in the Streets - 1950

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Robert Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Robert Montgomery They Were Expendable, Night Must Fall, Here Comes Mr. Jordan - 1949

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Agnes Moorehead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Agnes Moorehead Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Hush...Hush - 1948

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Dick Powell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Dick Powell A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Bad and the Beautiful, Murder - 1948

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All Oscar Hosts
James Stewart Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, It's a Wonderful Life - 1946, 1958

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John Cromwell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All Oscar Hosts
John Cromwell 3 Women, Of Human Bondage, A Wedding - 1945

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Jack Benny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Jack Benny Paper Moon, To Be or Not to Be, A Guide for the Married Man - 1944, 1947

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Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Bob Hope The Muppet Movie, The Greatest Show on Earth, Spies Like Us - 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1953, 1955, 1958-1962, 1965-1968, 1975, 1978

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Bob Burns is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Bob Burns Up the River, Three Rogues, Quick Millions - 1938

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George Jessel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All Oscar Hosts
George Jessel Valley of the Dolls, Nightmare Alley, The Busy Body - 1937

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Frank Capra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Frank Capra It's a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - 1936

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Irvin S. Cobb is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Irvin S. Cobb Steamboat Round the Bend, The Arab - 1935

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Will Rogers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Will Rogers Judge Priest, Steamboat Round the Bend, Doctor Bull - 1934

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Lionel Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Lionel Barrymore It's a Wonderful Life, Home Alone, Grand Hotel - 1932, Co-host with Conrad Nagel

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Lawrence Grant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Lawrence Grant The Living Ghost, I'll Tell the World, The Mask of Fu Manchu - 1931

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Conrad Nagel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Conrad Nagel All That Heaven Allows, London After Midnight, The Divorcee - 1930, 1932 (Co-host with Lionel Barrymore), 1953 (Co-host with Bob Hope)

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William C. DeMille is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All Oscar Hosts
William C. DeMille Temptation, Clarence, Captain Fury - 1929 (Co-host with Douglas Fairbanks), 1930

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Douglas Fairbanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Douglas Fairbanks The Thief of Bagdad, Intolerance, The Mark of Zorro - 1929, Co-host with William C. deMille