Comedian and actor Billy Crystal has been voted overwhelmingly as your choice for best Oscars host of the past 25 years. In our recent poll, Crystal received 40% of the votes among the 12 solo or duo hosts from this quarter century.
Crystal has been the emcee of the Academy Awards nine times, beginning with the 1990 ceremony. He was the choice of new producer Gil Cates, who was so successful at the job that he was in charge of the event for many years after. Crystal had a box office smash the previous year with “When Harry Met Sally” and brought a mix of enthusiasm, rat-a-tat jokes, musical opening numbers and cleverly filmed pieces over his nine times as emcee.
Crystal followed in the tradition of two of the best hosts in Oscars history — Bob Hope and Johnny Carson. He is also the only host of the past three decades to take the reigns for two consecutive ceremonies before Jimmy Kimmel at last year’s event and the one coming up this weekend on March 4.
Here is a look at the complete poll results and the percentage for each person.
Billy Crystal (40%) — host of the ceremonies for 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2012
Ellen DeGeneres (20%) — host of the ceremonies for 2007, 2014
Hugh Jackman (11%) — host of the ceremony for 2009
Jimmy Kimmel (10%) — host of the ceremonies for 2017 and upcoming 2018
Whoopi Goldberg (6%) — host of the ceremonies for 1994, 1996, 1999, 2002
Seth MacFarlane (5%) — host of the ceremony for 2013
Steve Martin (3%) — host of the ceremonies for 2001, 2003, 2010 (co-hosted with Alec Baldwin)
David Letterman (1%) — host of the ceremony for 1995
Chris Rock (1%) — host of the ceremonies for 2005, 2016
Jon Stewart (1%) — host of the ceremonies for 2006, 2008
James Franco and Anne Hathaway (1%) — host of the ceremony for 2011
Neil Patrick Harris (1%) — host of the ceremony for 2015
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