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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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1,132 479
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
837 333
Billy Crystal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 67
Hosted: 1989-1992, 1996-1997, 1999, 2003, 2012
3
557 164
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
404 253
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
671 330
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added age 50
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
484 248
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
386 395
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
brucewatsoncooper added age 45
Hosted in 2015
9
422 279
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 36
Co-hosted in 2011.
10
408 533
Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Olivia Peterman added age 45
Hosted: 2013
11
256 424
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 56
Hosted: 2006 and 2008
12
253 429
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 54
Hosted: 2005, 2016
13
158 68
Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Atenea added age 51

Hosted in 2017

14
149 306
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Died at 73 (1910-1983)
Hosted: 1958-1959, 1974
15
241 335
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 60
Hosted: 2010 (co-hosted with Steve Martin)
17
164 440
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 Dec. 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 Died 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 83
Co-hosted in 1986.