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This list includes all Oscar hosts ever. Since the Academy Awards ceremonies began in 1929, 73 different people have hosted or co-hosted the event. Some have hosted multiple times, but none holds a candle to Bob Hope. The actor/comedian hosted the Oscars a record 18 different times, beginning in 1940. Other multiple hosts or co-hosts include Billy Crystal (8 times), Johnny Carson (5 times), Jack Lemmon (4 times) and Whoopi Goldberg (4 times).

Oscar hosts have included actors and actresses, film directors, musicians and comedians. Oh, and an animated Disney character. Yes, in 1958, Donald Duck co-hosted the Academy Awards alongside Bob Hope, David Niven, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon and Rosalind Russell. Donald didn't actually appear on stage, only on film, but this marks the only time any animated character has officially hosted the Oscars. This list of Oscar hosts by year has all the information you'll need about the guys and gals who have hosted this star-studded affair.

Who are the best Oscar hosts? This list will help determine the best of the best when it comes to previous Oscar hosts and Academy Awards hosts over the years.
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Joseph L. Mankiewicz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Died at 84 (1909-1993) - 1956

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Claudette Colbert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Claudette Colbert Died at 93 (1903-1996) - 1956

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Jerry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Jerry Lewis age 91 - 1956-1957, 1959

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Thelma Ritter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Thelma Ritter Died at 67 (1902-1969) - 1955 (Co-host with Bob Hope)

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Fredric March is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Fredric March Died at 78 (1897-1975) - 1954

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Donald O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Donald O'Connor Died at 78 (1925-2003) - 1954

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Danny Kaye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Danny Kaye Died at 74 (1913-1987) - 1951

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Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Fred Astaire Died at 88 (1899-1987) - 1951

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Paul Douglas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Paul Douglas Died at 52 (1907-1959) - 1950

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Robert Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Robert Montgomery Died at 77 (1904-1981) - 1949

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Agnes Moorehead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Agnes Moorehead Died at 74 (1900-1974) - 1948

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Dick Powell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Dick Powell Died at 59 (1904-1963) - 1948

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All Oscar Hosts
James Stewart Died at 89 (1908-1997) - 1946, 1958

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John Cromwell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All Oscar Hosts
John Cromwell Died at 92 (1887-1979) - 1945

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Jack Benny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Jack Benny Died at 80 (1894-1974) - 1944, 1947

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Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Bob Hope Died at 100 (1903-2003) - 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1953, 1955, 1958-1962, 1965-1968, 1975, 1978

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Bob Burns is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Bob Burns Died at 66 (1890-1956) - 1938

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George Jessel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All Oscar Hosts
George Jessel Died at 83 (1898-1981) - 1937

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Frank Capra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Frank Capra Died at 94 (1897-1991) - 1936

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Irvin S. Cobb is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Irvin S. Cobb Died at 68 (1876-1944) - 1935

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Will Rogers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Will Rogers Died at 56 (1879-1935) - 1934

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Lionel Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Lionel Barrymore Died at 76 (1878-1954) - 1932, Co-host with Conrad Nagel

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Lawrence Grant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Lawrence Grant Died at 82 (1870-1952) - 1931

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Conrad Nagel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Conrad Nagel Died at 73 (1897-1970) - 1930, 1932 (Co-host with Lionel Barrymore), 1953 (Co-host with Bob Hope)

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William C. DeMille is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All Oscar Hosts
William C. DeMille Died at 77 (1878-1955) - 1929 (Co-host with Douglas Fairbanks), 1930

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Douglas Fairbanks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All Oscar Hosts
Douglas Fairbanks Died at 56 (1883-1939) - 1929, Co-host with William C. deMille