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VOTE 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
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1,134 480
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
837 334
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
558 165
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added Died at 63 (1951-2014)
Hosted: 1986
4
404 254
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
673 330
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added age 47
Hosted: 2009
6
509 252
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
485 248
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
388 395
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
brucewatsoncooper added age 45
Hosted in 2015
9
423 281
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 33
Co-hosted in 2011.
10
409 533
Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Olivia Peterman added age 45
Hosted: 2013
11
256 425
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 53
Hosted: 2006 and 2008
12
254 430
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 54
Hosted: 2005, 2016
13
161 68
Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Atenea added age 48

Hosted in 2017

14
149 306
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
242 336
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 63
Hosted: 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001
16
164 348
Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added age 57
Hosted: 2010 (co-hosted with Steve Martin)
17
165 440
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Pies_Guy added age 71
Hosted: 1995
18
106 189
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Died at 76 (1925-2001)
Hosted in 1985
19
98 219
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
80 112
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 82
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
66 60
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 85
Co-hosted in 1973.
23
59 59
Jerry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 92
Hosted in 1956, 1957 and 1959.
24
65 102
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 81
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 79
Co-hosted in 1986.