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

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

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    age 47 Hosted: 2009

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    age 57 Hosted: 2007 and 2014

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

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    Died at 63 (1951-2014) Hosted: 1986

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    age 42 Hosted: 2013

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    age 53 Hosted: 2006 and 2008

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    age 42 Hosted in 2015

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

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    age 60 Hosted: 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001

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    Died at 76 (1925-2001) Hosted in 1985

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

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    often listed & added by Pies_Guy
    age 68 Hosted: 1995

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

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    age 82 Co-hosted in 1973.

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

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    age 50 Hosted: 2005, 2016

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

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

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

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

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    age 89 Hosted in 1956, 1957 and 1959.

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

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    age 79 Co-hosted in 1974.

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    age 81 Co-hosted in 1975.

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    age 79 Co-hosted in 1986.

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

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    age 72 Hosted in 1987 and 1988.

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    age 70 Co-hosted in 1976 and 1987.

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    age 71 Co-hosted in 1974.

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

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    age 76 Co-hosted in 1987.

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    Died at 93 (1900-1993)

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

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    age 33 Co-hosted in 2011.

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    age 78 Co-hosted in 1977 and 1986.

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    age 78 Co-hosted in 1977.

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    age 69 Co-hosted in 1983.

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    age 37 Co-hosted in 2011.

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