The Best Oscar Hosts Ever People

The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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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
    Johnny Carson

    1925 More
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    added by: KirkSaw
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    1948 More
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    Hosted: 1989-1992, 1996-1997, 1999, 2003
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    Hosted: 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1953, 1955, 1958-1962, 1965-1968, 1975, 1978
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    1945 More
    23
    Hosted: 2001, 2003, 2010 (Co-hosted with Alec Baldwin)
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    David Letterman

    1947 More
    22
    added by: Pies_Guy
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jon Stewart

    1962 More
    20
    Hosted: 2006 and 2008
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    ranked low on reranks
    Hugh Jackman

    1968 More
    19
    added by: Logan2011
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    1973 More
    19
    added by: Olivia Peterman
    The possibilities are endless! He'll be fantastic!
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    Ellen DeGeneres

    1958 More
    16
    added by: elise
    Ellen DeGeneres will host the 2014 Academy Awards. She last hosted in 2007.
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Alec Baldwin

    1958 More
    14
    added by: Logan2011
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    1910 More
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    Niven hosted the Oscars three times: In 1958, 1959 and 1974. To me, the most memorable by FAR ... more
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    1951 More
    9
    added by: ejlinehan
    1986
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    1965 More
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    added by: ejlinehan
    2005
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