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The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

Who are the best Oscar hosts of alltime? This is a list of Academy Awards emcees, with photos, voted on by Oscar fans worldwide. Some are hard to argue - Bob Hope, who hosted (or co-hosted) the Academy Awards a whopping 18 times, was a phenomenal master of ceremonies. Billy Crystal is another amazing host (not surprisingly, he's hosted 8 times). Among the more recent Academy Awards hosts, several stand out as great: Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg and Jon Stewart come to mind. I've included many of my favorite Oscar emcees on this list, but feel free to add your own. And be sure to vote for your favorite hosts too!

What makes for a truly great Oscar host? First and foremost, a stellar opener is a must. You've got to capture the audience's attention and be prepared to hold it for the duration. These shows run long, so that can certainly be a challenge. Humor is always a huge plus (many on this list are comedians). Oh, and be ready to punt at a moment's notice: The Academy Awards show is live, after all, and anything can happen (just ask 1974 Oscars emcee David Niven, who dealt with a streaker).
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    the people's #1 & added by KirkSaw 1925 Hosted: 1979-1982, 1984

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    ranked low on reranks 1948 Hosted: 1989-1992, 1996-1997, 1999, 2003, 2012

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    1903 Hosted: 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1953, 1955, 1958-1962, 1965-1968, 1975, 1978

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    added by Logan2011 1968 Hosted: 2009

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    1945 Hosted: 2001, 2003, 2010 (Co-hosted with Alec Baldwin)

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    added by elise 1958 Hosted: 2007 and 2014

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    added by Olivia Peterman 1973 Hosted: 2013

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    1962 Hosted: 2006 and 2008

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    often listed & added by Pies_Guy 1947 Hosted: 1995

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    1910 Hosted: 1958-1959, 1974

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    added by Logan2011 1958 Hosted: 2010 (co-hosted with Steve Martin)

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    added by ejlinehan 1951 Hosted: 1986

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    new! & added by RichardBeecher 1925 Hosted in 1985

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    added by RichardBeecher 1940 Co-Hosted in 1983

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    added by RichardBeecher 1935 Co-Hosted in 1983

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    added by RichardBeecher 1920 Co-Hosted in 1983

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    added by ejlinehan 1965 Hosted: 2005

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