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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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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
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
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
Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added age 50
Hosted: 2009
5
Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 73
Hosted: 2001, 2003, 2010 (Co-hosted with Alec Baldwin)
6
Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
KirkSaw added Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)
Hosted: 1979-1982, 1984
7
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
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
brucewatsoncooper added age 45
Hosted in 2015
9
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 36
Co-hosted in 2011.
10
Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Olivia Peterman added age 45
Hosted: 2013
11
Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
ejlinehan added age 54
Hosted: 2005, 2016
12
Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Atenea added age 51

Hosted in 2017

13
Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 56
Hosted: 2006 and 2008
14
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 63
Hosted: 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001
15
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Dec. at 76 (1925-2001)
Hosted in 1985
16
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Dec. at 73 (1910-1983)
Hosted: 1958-1959, 1974
17
David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Pies_Guy added age 71
Hosted: 1995
18
Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
Logan2011 added age 57
Hosted: 2010 (co-hosted with Steve Martin)
19
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
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
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
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 85
Co-hosted in 1973.
23
Walter Matthau is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
RichardBeecher added Dec. at 80 (1920-2000)
Co-Hosted in 1983
24
Jerry Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 92
Hosted in 1956, 1957 and 1959.
25
Alan Alda is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar Hosts Ever
age 83
Co-hosted in 1986.