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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

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1,090 434
Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Elise Hennigan added age 60 - Hosted: 2007 and 2014

2
516 147
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
776 318
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
385 241
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
633 321
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added age 49 - Hosted: 2009

6
488 243
Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 72 - Hosted: 2001, 2003, 2010 (Co-hosted with Alec Baldwin)

7
450 242
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
404 252
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 35 - Co-hosted in 2011.

9
366 376
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
brucewatsoncooper added age 44 - Hosted in 2015

10
389 507
Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Olivia Peterman added age 44 - Hosted: 2013

11
249 406
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 55 - Hosted: 2006 and 2008

12
230 417
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 53 - Hosted: 2005, 2016

13
134 50
Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Atenea added age 50 -

Hosted in 2017

14
135 298
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
161 332
Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added age 60 - Hosted: 2010 (co-hosted with Steve Martin)

16
157 426
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Pies_Guy added age 70 - Hosted: 1995

17
220 323
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 62 - Hosted: 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001

18
96 184
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
87 211
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
72 108
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
77 78
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
57 56
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 85 - Co-hosted in 1973.

23
52 55
Jerry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 92 - Hosted in 1956, 1957 and 1959.

24
46 75
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 82 - Co-hosted in 1986.

25
58 98
Walter Matthau is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Dec. at 80 (1920-2000) - Co-Hosted in 1983

26
51 125
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Dec. at 67 (1935-2002) - Co-Hosted in 1983

27
48 81
Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 74 - Hosted in 1987 and 1988.

28
43 74
Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 72 - Co-hosted in 1976 and 1987.

29
42 50
Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 65 (1925-1990) - Co-hosted in 1972 and 1975.

30
31 62
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Died at 82 (1936 - 2018) - Co-hosted in 1974.

31
34 51
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989) - Co-hosted in 1959.

32
25 69
Paul Hogan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 78 - Co-hosted in 1987.

33
30 52
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 90 (1910-2000) - Co-hosted in 1974.

34
29 54
Rock Hudson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 60 (1925-1985) - Co-hosted in 1973.

35
23 47
Helen Hayes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 93 (1900-1993)

36
26 55
Shirley MacLaine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 83 - Co-hosted in 1975.

37
24 83
Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added age 72 - Co-hosted in 1983.

38
17 53
John Huston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 81 (1906-1987) - Co-hosted in 1974.

39
14 49
Conrad Nagel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 73 (1897-1970) - Hosted in 1930, 1932 and 1953.

40
19 60
Warren Beatty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 81 - Co-hosted in 1977.

41
70 247
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 39 - Co-hosted in 2011.

42
1 0
Peer van Mladen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Lara Bonnert added Peer van Mladen