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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
1,114 462
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
539 157
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added Dec. at 63 (1951-2014) - Hosted: 1986

3
805 328
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 70 - Hosted: 1989-1992, 1996-1997, 1999, 2003, 2012

4
396 248
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
651 324
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added age 50 - Hosted: 2009

6
497 247
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
468 245
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
417 267
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 36 - Co-hosted in 2011.

9
374 387
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
brucewatsoncooper added age 45 - Hosted in 2015

10
398 522
Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Olivia Peterman added age 45 - Hosted: 2013

11
251 418
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 56 - Hosted: 2006 and 2008

12
245 422
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 54 - Hosted: 2005, 2016

13
143 64
Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Atenea added age 51 -

Hosted in 2017

14
144 302
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
233 332
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 63 - Hosted: 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001

16
162 343
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
163 434
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Pies_Guy added age 71 - Hosted: 1995

18
103 186
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
96 215
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
82 79
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 83 (1915-1998) - Co-hosted in 1963 and 1975.

21
77 110
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 89 (1908-1997) - Co-hosted in 1946 and 1958.

22
64 57
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 85 - Co-hosted in 1973.

23
57 56
Jerry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 92 - Hosted in 1956, 1957 and 1959.

24
63 99
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
50 77
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 83 - Co-hosted in 1986.