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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).
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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Elise Hennigan added Ellen DeGeneres age 59 - Hosted: 2007 and 2014

2
692 264
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Billy Crystal age 69 - Hosted: 1989-1992, 1996-1997, 1999, 2003, 2012

3
333 202
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
KirkSaw added Johnny Carson Died at 80 (1925-2005) - Hosted: 1979-1982, 1984

4
393 128
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added Robin Williams Died at 63 (1951-2014) - Hosted: 1986

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393 187
Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Bob Hope Died at 100 (1903-2003) - Hosted: 1940-1943, 1945-1946, 1953, 1955, 1958-1962, 1965-1968, 1975, 1978

6
423 197
Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Steve Martin age 71 - Hosted: 2001, 2003, 2010 (Co-hosted with Alec Baldwin)

7
525 270
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added Hugh Jackman age 48 - Hosted: 2009

8
293 295
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
brucewatsoncooper added Neil Patrick Harris age 43 - Hosted in 2015

9
322 204
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added Anne Hathaway age 34 - Co-hosted in 2011.

10
355 454
Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Olivia Peterman added Seth MacFarlane age 43 - Hosted: 2013

11
227 364
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Jon Stewart age 54 - Hosted: 2006 and 2008

12
123 274
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
David Niven Died at 73 (1910-1983) - Hosted: 1958-1959, 1974

13
195 379
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added Chris Rock age 52 - Hosted: 2005, 2016

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142 395
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Pies_Guy added David Letterman age 70 - Hosted: 1995

The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever

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194 287
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Whoopi Goldberg age 61 - Hosted: 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001

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140 302
Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added Alec Baldwin age 59 - Hosted: 2010 (co-hosted with Steve Martin)

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78 170
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Jack Lemmon Died at 76 (1925-2001) - Hosted in 1985

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70 192
Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Richard Pryor Died at 65 (1940-2005) - Co-Hosted in 1983

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35 53
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Goldie Hawn age 71 - Co-hosted in 1976 and 1987.

20
57 62
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Frank Sinatra Died at 83 (1915-1998) - Co-hosted in 1963 and 1975.

21
37 58
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Alan Alda age 81 - Co-hosted in 1986.

The Best American Actors Working Today

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54 97
James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
James Stewart Died at 89 (1908-1997) - Co-hosted in 1946 and 1958.

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38 61
Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Chevy Chase age 73 - Hosted in 1987 and 1988.

24
43 112
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Dudley Moore Died at 67 (1935-2002) - Co-Hosted in 1983

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44 44
Jerry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Jerry Lewis age 91 - Hosted in 1956, 1957 and 1959.

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50 90
Walter Matthau is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Walter Matthau Died at 80 (1920-2000) - Co-Hosted in 1983

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44 48
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Michael Caine age 84 - Co-hosted in 1973.

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62 14
Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Atenea added Jimmy Kimmel age 49 - Hosted in 2017

The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies

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23 49
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Burt Reynolds age 81 - Co-hosted in 1974.

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31 42
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Sammy Davis, Jr. Died at 65 (1925-1990) - Co-hosted in 1972 and 1975.

31
21 57
Paul Hogan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Paul Hogan age 77 - Co-hosted in 1987.

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28 40
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Laurence Olivier Died at 82 (1907-1989) - Co-hosted in 1959.

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23 41
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Diana Ross Died at 90 (1910-2000) - Co-hosted in 1974.

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22 42
Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Shirley MacLaine age 82 - Co-hosted in 1975.

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23 44
Rock Hudson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Rock Hudson Died at 60 (1925-1985) - Co-hosted in 1973.

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18 38
Helen Hayes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Helen Hayes Died at 93 (1900-1993)

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21 72
Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Liza Minnelli age 71 - Co-hosted in 1983.

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12 40
Conrad Nagel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Conrad Nagel Died at 73 (1897-1970) - Hosted in 1930, 1932 and 1953.

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16 52
Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Warren Beatty age 80 - Co-hosted in 1977.

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13 47
John Huston is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
John Huston Died at 81 (1906-1987) - Co-hosted in 1974.

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59 223
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added James Franco age 38 - Co-hosted in 2011.