The Best Oscar Hosts Ever People
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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 Died at 80 (1925-2005) Hosted: 1979-1982, 1984

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    age 66 Hosted: 1989-1992, 1996-1997, 1999, 2003, 2012

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    Died at 100 (1903-2003) Hosted: 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1953, 1955, 1958-1962, 1965-1968, 1975, 1978

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    age 69 Hosted: 2001, 2003, 2010 (Co-hosted with Alec Baldwin)

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    added by Logan2011 age 46 Hosted: 2009

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    added by elise age 56 Hosted: 2007 and 2014

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    age 52 Hosted: 2006 and 2008

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    added by Olivia Peterman age 41 Hosted: 2013

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    often listed & added by Pies_Guy age 67 Hosted: 1995

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    Died at 73 (1910-1983) Hosted: 1958-1959, 1974

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    added by Logan2011 age 56 Hosted: 2010 (co-hosted with Steve Martin)

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ejlinehan Died at 63 (1951-2014) Hosted: 1986

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    added by RichardBeecher Died at 76 (1925-2001) Hosted in 1985

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    added by RichardBeecher Died at 65 (1940-2005) Co-Hosted in 1983

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    added by RichardBeecher Died at 67 (1935-2002) Co-Hosted in 1983

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    added by RichardBeecher Died at 80 (1920-2000) Co-Hosted in 1983

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    added by ejlinehan age 49 Hosted: 2005

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