The Top 10 Oscars Hosts

When we found out that Steve Martin was hosting the Oscars again, and with Alec Baldwin, we were stoked. An experienced vet and Alec Baldwin? Yes, please! So while we wait for their magic to take the stage this Sunday, lets take a look at some of our favorite past hosts.

10. Hugh Jackman (81st, 2009)
Some people loved him, some people hated him. But it's hard to deny that the man knows how to work a crowd, and you gotta respect his musical theater background. Click here to watch his (un-embeddable, as are many of the Acadamy's videos) opening number.

9. David Niven (46th, 1974)
While he actually co-hosted with Burt Reynolds, Diana Ross and John Huston, Niven stole the show by keeping his cool when he was interrupted by the first and last streaker in the Awards ceremony history. Ahem.

8. Chris Rock (77th, 2005)
Everybody (well, maybe except for Sean Penn) loved Chris Rock's wisecracking, life-of-the party approach. Click here to watch his opening monologue.

7. David Letterman (67th, 1995)
What makes Dave a great host? He doesn't give a damn. Oprah...Uma...Uma....Oprah...



6. Jon Stewart (78th, 2006)
Though he didn't appear half naked like he did while hosting the Grammys back in 2002, Jon Stewart still made the 2006 Oscars memorable with his hilarious insight and impeccable timing. Click here to watch Stewart liken the first post-writers' strike Oscars to "make-up sex."

5. Ellen DeGeneres (79th, 2007)
Between her snazzy suits and her ease in interacting with the star-studded audience, Ellen made hosting look like a breeze. Click here to watch her mug for a Myspace profile pic with Clint Eastwood.

4. Steve Martin (73rd, 2001; 75th, 2003)
Martin's cynical humor is both charming and off-putting... which makes for a delightful approach to a show as self-congratulatory as the Oscars. Click here to watch him poke fun at the nature of the Academy Awards.

3. Whoopi Goldberg (66th, 1994; 68th, 1996; 71st, 1999; 74th, 2002)
Goldberg made history for being the first woman ever to host the Oscars. And while I couldn't find any clips of her as master of Academy Awards ceremonies, her one-liners and costume changes are forever burned into my memory.

2. Johnny Carson (51st, 1979; 52nd, 1980; 53rd, 1981; 54th, 1982; 56th, 1984)
The Academy loved Carson so much that it let him host the show five times. And with good reason: His smirk-inducing punchlines never got stale.



And the TV.com award for Best Oscars Host goes to....

1. Billy Crystal (62nd, 1990; 63rd, 1991; 64th, 1992; 65th, 1993; 69th, 1997; 70th, 1998; 72nd, 2000; 76th, 2004)
He's hosted eight times. The man knows what he's doing.




Who's been your favorite Oscars host so far?

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My favorites were always Whoopi, Ellen, Hugh, and Rock!!!
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This needs an update/correction.
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What a travesty! I have no respect for this list. Bob Hope, a comedic genius and icon, hosted for 18 years. He should be #1 and Billy Crystal should be #2. Even Billy would agree. Did you pay attention to the awards tonight?
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Why the hell didn't Bob Hope get a nod here??????
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I Loved Whoopi, Ellen, Hugh And this year's
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loved jackman's opening
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Gotta love Jon Stewart!!
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Yeah, something is wrong here. Bob Hope should be #2 or 3 at least. Another mistake like the one made last night when Farrah Fawcett was missing from the tribute of the stars that passed away this past year.
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Uh, how could this list not include Bob Hope?
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Hugh Jackman's opening number was the best thing i've seen in a while, he deserved #1!
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Bring back dave
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My top three: Billy, Whoopi and Steve
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hugh jackman should have been number one.....
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Billy's great, Whoopi's a class act, Ellen's hilarious, and Hugh's surprisingly good too. Those are my picks.
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Yep you've got to be on some kind of drugs not to include Bob Hope anywhere in this list. The man deserves the number 1 spot with ease.
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Billy Crystal, Whoopi, Ellen and Dave. Those are those good ones.
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I HATE Billy Crystal. Whoopi and Ellen were always great. And Hugh Jackman was so good and fast.
Enough with the singing and the boring stuff!
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Whoopi Goldberg and Jon Steward
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I don't usually watch the Oscars, but I will tonight just to see Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.
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Bob Hope
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BOB HOPE
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BOB HOPE
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Steve Martin...
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well i won't know how good/bad alec and steve will be .... since i no longer have ch 7 :(
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Bob Hope was number one followed by Billy Crystal.
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I like Letterman but come on he was bad, Chris Rock is way to high in the list, as well as Ellen. Stewart much better then either of them. I agree with you on the number one spot, the best Oscar host will always be Billy Crystal. Bring him back next year.
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Hugh was awesome in the presentation. Chris has this annoying voice, but hilarious always. Ellen is the only woman with Whoopi in the top 10 list, we need a new hilarious woman out there. Billy is just the best :D Making jokes and still a bit laughing with himself not only looking very serious ;)
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Jon Stewart! :o}
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Old school beats new school... The list is very well done. Billy Crystal really is the best Oscar Host of all time.
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Guess I'm old school, I loved Bob Hope. I agree with Billy being the top kahuna. I also think that Ellen DeGeneres is overrated IMO. Hate her on Idol.
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Billy Crystal! I'd love him to host again!
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Jon Stewart for me.
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I'd go with Billy as well
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Whoopi
The woman ROCKS!!!
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BILLY
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Billy Crystal hands down!
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Billy Crystal hands down!
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Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Martin.
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Good choices. Billy Crystal was the best. Especially the year Jack Palance did one-armed push ups.
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