The Best Oscar Openings of All Time

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The best Oscar opening numbers all in one place. The Oscars opening monologue often ends up stealing the opening number's thunder, it's those first Academy Award moments that set the tone of the ceremony. With the Oscars on everybody's mind, it's time to look back on some of the best Academy Awards opening sequences as we ponder what future Oscar opening skit.

This compilation of the best Oscar openings contains all the song, dance, and pageantry you'd expect from the Academy Awards. From stalwart (and frequent) Oscar host Billy Crystal, veteran award show host Hugh Jackman (whose Craigslist dancers may have put on the best Oscar dance montage in the history of the Academy Awards), and even some of the newer (riskier) Academy Awards hosts like James Franco and Anne Hathaway, this list of the top Academy Award opening skits has a little something for everyone. Each of these Academy Awards hosts had their own point of view of Hollywood to get across and the results are the best and worst Oscar opening numbers.

What Oscar host had the best opening monologue? Which Academy Awards host had the best Academy Awards opening sequence? Who was responsible for the worst Oscars opening? This video list should give you an idea of which Oscar hosts stepped up and were part of the best Academy Awards opening skits, and which of them failed to step up to the bar set by Academy Awards hosts past. If there's an Academy Awards opening number you know of that's not on this list of the best Oscar openings ever, make sure to add it so others can vote on whether or not it's truly the greatest Academy Awards opening sequence ever.


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    2009, Hugh Jackman

    2009, Hugh Jackman 

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    2007, Ellen DeGeneres

    2007, Ellen DeGeneres

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    - 25
    1992, Billy Crystal

    1992, Billy Crystal

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    - 27
    2010, Neil Patrick Harris Opening Number

    2010, Neil Patrick Harris Opening Number

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    - 37
    2010, Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin

    2010, Alec Baldwin & Steve Martin

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    - 40
    2008, Pineapple Express Opening

    2008, Pineapple Express Opening

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    - 22
    2002, Whoopi Goldberg

    2002, Whoopi Goldberg

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    - 32
    1999, Whoopi Goldberg

    1999, Whoopi Goldberg

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    - 37
    2012, Billy Crystal

    2012, Billy Crystal

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    2013 Seth MacFarlane's 16 Minute Opening Click Here for the full 16 minute opening including the We Saw Your Boobs song, all the Captain Kirk bits and the two dance numbers. 

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    2008, Jon Stewart

    2008, Jon Stewart

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    - 22
    2001, Steve Martin

    2001, Steve Martin

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    - 19
    2004, Billy Crystal

    2004, Billy Crystal

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    - 12
    1998, Billy Crystal

    1998, Billy Crystal

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    - 13
    2000, Billy Crystal

    2000, Billy Crystal

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    - 10
    1993, Billy Crystal

    1993, Billy Crystal

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    - 6
    2015, Neil Patrick Harris

    2015, Neil Patrick Harris

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    - 22
    2006, Jon Stewart

    2006, Jon Stewart

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    - 11
    1990, Billy Crystal

    1990, Billy Crystal

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    2005, Chris Rock

    2005, Chris Rock

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    1997, Billy Crystal

    1997, Billy Crystal

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    - 10
    1994, Whoopi Goldberg

    1994, Whoopi Goldberg

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    - 15
    1991, Billy Crystal

    1991, Billy Crystal

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    - 18
    1987, Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, and Paul Hogan

    1987, Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, and Paul Hogan

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    - 13
    1995, David Letterman

    1995, David Letterman

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    2011, James Franco & Anne Hathaway

    2011, James Franco & Anne Hathaway

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