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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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  1. 1
    Up 118
    Down 38

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Johnny Carson

    1925 More
    89
    added by: KirkSaw
    Hosted: 1979-1982, 1984
  2. 2
    Up 218
    Down 63

    ranked low on reranks
    Billy Crystal

    1948 More
    71
    Hosted: 1989-1992, 1996-1997, 1999, 2003
  3. 3
    Up 156
    Down 50
    1903 More
    64
    Hosted: 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1953, 1955, 1958-1962, 1965-1968, 1975, 1978
  4. 4
    Up 139
    Down 51
    1945 More
    61
    Hosted: 2001, 2003, 2010 (Co-hosted with Alec Baldwin)
  5. 5
    Up 149
    Down 50
    1968 More
    60
    added by: Logan2011
    Hosted: 2009
  6. 6
    Up 193
    Down 86
    1958 More
    57
    added by: elise
    Hosted: 2007 and 2014
  7. 7
    Up 139
    Down 103
    1973 More
    51
    added by: Olivia Peterman
    Hosted: 2013
  8. 8
    Up 83
    Down 79
    1962 More
    49
    Hosted: 2006 and 2008
  9. 9
    Up 43
    Down 96

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    David Letterman

    1947 More
    47
    added by: Pies_Guy
    Hosted: 1995
  10. 10
    Up 50
    Down 52
    1910 More
    45
    Hosted: 1958-1959, 1974
  11. 11
    Up 49
    Down 81
    1958 More
    42
    added by: Logan2011
    Hosted: 2010 (co-hosted with Steve Martin)
  12. 12
    Up 27
    Down 17
    1951 More
    5
    added by: ejlinehan
    Hosted: 1986
  13. 13
    Up 3
    Down 0
    1925 More
    3
    added by: RichardBeecher
    Hosted in 1985
  14. 14
    Up 2
    Down 0
    1920 More
    2
    added by: RichardBeecher
    Co-Hosted in 1983
  15. 15
    Up 3
    Down 1
    1940 More
    2
    added by: RichardBeecher
    Co-Hosted in 1983
  16. 16
    Up 2
    Down 1
    1935 More
    2
    added by: RichardBeecher
    Co-Hosted in 1983
  17. 17
    Up 1
    Down 2
    1946 More
    1
    added by: RichardBeecher
    Co-Hosted in 1983
  18. 18
    Up 48
    Down 85
    1965 More
    1
    added by: ejlinehan
    Hosted: 2005
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