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Oscars The Best Oscar Hosts Ever  

Tom Banks
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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
1,128 471
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Elise Hennigan added age 61
Hosted: 2007 and 2014

2
823 330
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 70
Hosted: 1989-1992, 1996-1997, 1999, 2003, 2012

3
549 160
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
Hosted: 1986

4
401 248
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
KirkSaw added Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)
Hosted: 1979-1982, 1984

5
664 327
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added age 50
Hosted: 2009

6
506 248
Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 73
Hosted: 2001, 2003, 2010 (Co-hosted with Alec Baldwin)

7
480 245
Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 100 (1903-2003)
Hosted: 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1953, 1955, 1958-1962, 1965-1968, 1975, 1978

8
382 391
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
brucewatsoncooper added age 45
Hosted in 2015

9
420 275
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 36
Co-hosted in 2011.

10
404 530
Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Olivia Peterman added age 45
Hosted: 2013

11
255 420
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 56
Hosted: 2006 and 2008

12
252 426
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 54
Hosted: 2005, 2016

13
155 66
Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Atenea added age 51

Hosted in 2017

14
147 303
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 73 (1910-1983)
Hosted: 1958-1959, 1974

15
240 333
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 63
Hosted: 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001

16
164 345
Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added age 60
Hosted: 2010 (co-hosted with Steve Martin)

17
164 437
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Pies_Guy added age 71
Hosted: 1995

18
105 187
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Dec. at 76 (1925-2001)
Hosted in 1985

19
98 217
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)
Co-Hosted in 1983

20
80 110
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)
Co-hosted in 1946 and 1958.

21
84 80
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)
Co-hosted in 1963 and 1975.

22
65 58
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 82
Co-hosted in 1973.

23
59 57
Jerry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 92
Hosted in 1956, 1957 and 1959.

24
65 100
Walter Matthau is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Dec. at 80 (1920-2000)
Co-Hosted in 1983

25
51 79
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 83
Co-hosted in 1986.