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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
1,113 461
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
538 156
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
804 327
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
395 248
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
650 324
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added age 50 - Hosted: 2009

6
495 246
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
466 244
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
417 265
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 33 - Co-hosted in 2011.

9
374 385
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
brucewatsoncooper added age 45 - Hosted in 2015

10
397 521
Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Olivia Peterman added age 45 - Hosted: 2013

11
251 415
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 56 - Hosted: 2006 and 2008

12
244 422
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 54 - Hosted: 2005, 2016

13
142 62
Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Atenea added age 51 -

Hosted in 2017

14
143 301
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
232 331
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 63 - Hosted: 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001

16
162 341
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
162 433
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Pies_Guy added age 71 - Hosted: 1995

18
102 186
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
94 215
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
81 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
76 110
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
63 57
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 85 - Co-hosted in 1973.

23
56 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
62 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
49 77
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 83 - Co-hosted in 1986.