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The Best Oscar Hosts Ever 

Tom Banks
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Updated March 18, 2020 16.9k votes 3.2k voters 71.8k views

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).
list ordered by
1
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Elise Hennigan added Age 61 from Metairie, Louisiana, United States of America
Hosted: 2007 and 2014
2
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Age 70 from Upper East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America
Hosted: 1989-1992, 1996-1997, 1999, 2003, 2012
3
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added Dec. at 63 (1951-2014) from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Hosted: 1986
4
Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Age 73 from Texas, USA, Waco
Hosted: 2001, 2003, 2010 (Co-hosted with Alec Baldwin)
5
Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 100 (1903-2003) from England, London
Hosted: 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1953, 1955, 1958-1962, 1965-1968, 1975, 1978
6
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
KirkSaw added Dec. at 80 (1925-2005) from Corning, Quincy Township, Iowa, United States of America
Hosted: 1979-1982, 1984
7
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added Age 50 from Sydney, Australia
Hosted: 2009
8
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
brucewatsoncooper added Age 45 from Albuquerque, USA, New Mexico
Hosted in 2015
9
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added Age 36 from New York City, USA, New York
Co-hosted in 2011.
10
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998) from Hoboken, USA, New Jersey
Co-hosted in 1963 and 1975.
11
Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Olivia Peterman added Age 45 from Kent, Connecticut, United States of America
Hosted: 2013
12
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Age 63 from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
Hosted: 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001
13
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997) from Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Co-hosted in 1946 and 1958.
14
Jerry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Age 92 from Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
Hosted in 1956, 1957 and 1959.
15
Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Atenea added Age 51 from Mill Basin, New York City, New York, United States of America

Hosted in 2017

16
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990) from Harlem, New York City, New York, USA
Co-hosted in 1972 and 1975.
17
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Age 85 from Rotherhithe, England, London
Co-hosted in 1973.
18
Walter Matthau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Dec. at 80 (1920-2000) from New York City, USA, New York
Co-Hosted in 1983
19
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Age 83 from New York City, New York, USA
Co-hosted in 1986.
20
Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Age 75 from New York City, USA, New York, Lower Manhattan
Hosted in 1987 and 1988.
21
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Age 73 from Washington, D.C., United States of America
Co-hosted in 1976 and 1987.
22
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Age 56 from New York City, New York, United States of America
Hosted: 2006 and 2008
23
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989) from England, Dorking
Co-hosted in 1959.
24
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added Age 54 from Andrews, USA, South Carolina
Hosted: 2005, 2016
25
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Dec. at 76 (1925-2001) from USA, Massachusetts, Newton
Hosted in 1985