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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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    Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever


    Billy Crystal age 67 Hosted: 1989-1992, 1996-1997, 1999, 2003, 2012

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    Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    Johnny Carson Died at 80 (1925-2005) Hosted: 1979-1982, 1984

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    Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    Ellen DeGeneres age 57 Hosted: 2007 and 2014

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    Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014) Hosted: 1986

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    Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    Hugh Jackman age 47 Hosted: 2009

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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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    Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever


    Steve Martin age 70 Hosted: 2001, 2003, 2010 (Co-hosted with Alec Baldwin)

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    Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    Neil Patrick Harris age 42 Hosted in 2015

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    Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever


    Jon Stewart age 53 Hosted: 2006 and 2008

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    Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    Seth MacFarlane age 42 Hosted: 2013

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

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    age 50 Hosted: 2005, 2016

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    David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    David Letterman age 68 Hosted: 1995

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    Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    Jack Lemmon Died at 76 (1925-2001) Hosted in 1985

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    Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    Whoopi Goldberg 60 Hosted: 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001

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    Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    Richard Pryor Died at 65 (1940-2005) Co-Hosted in 1983

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    Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    Alec Baldwin age 57 Hosted: 2010 (co-hosted with Steve Martin)

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    Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    Dudley Moore Died at 67 (1935-2002) Co-Hosted in 1983

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    79 Co-hosted in 1986.

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    Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever


    Chevy Chase age 72 Hosted in 1987 and 1988.

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    Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever


    Goldie Hawn age 70 Co-hosted in 1976 and 1987.

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    Walter Matthau is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    Walter Matthau Died at 80 (1920-2000) Co-Hosted in 1983

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    age 79 Co-hosted in 1974.

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    Paul Hogan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever


    Paul Hogan age 76 Co-hosted in 1987.

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    James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever


    James Stewart Died at 89 (1908-1997) Co-hosted in 1946 and 1958.

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    Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    Anne Hathaway age 33 Co-hosted in 2011.

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    Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever


    Died at 83 (1915-1998) Co-hosted in 1963 and 1975.

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    age 89 Hosted in 1956, 1957 and 1959.

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    Died at 82 (1907-1989) Co-hosted in 1959.

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    Died at 65 (1925-1990) Co-hosted in 1972 and 1975.

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    Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever


    Shirley MacLaine 81 Co-hosted in 1975.

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    Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever


    Diana Ross Died at 90 (1910-2000) Co-hosted in 1974.

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    Died at 73 (1897-1970) Hosted in 1930, 1932 and 1953.

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    Helen Hayes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever


    Helen Hayes Died at 93 (1900-1993)

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    Died at 60 (1925-1985) Co-hosted in 1973.

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    Died at 81 (1906-1987) Co-hosted in 1974.

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    Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever


    Warren Beatty age 78 Co-hosted in 1977.

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    Jane Fonda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever


    Jane Fonda age 78 Co-hosted in 1977 and 1986.

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    James Franco is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever

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    James Franco age 37 Co-hosted in 2011.

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