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A complete list of ringleaders since 1929

2004 — Billy Crystal

2003 — Steve Martin
“The fortuitous choice of Steve Martin was a lucky one. He’s a clown who naturally exudes intelligence, and his genial mock-sincerity seemed apt. The opening monologue was, as usual, overlong, and Martin initially seemed a bit ill at ease. But the few references to the war — “Everyone has been supportive of my hosting again, except for France and Germany” — struck the right tone: funny enough to ease the tension but not tasteless. Martin’s material, uneven and a bit disjointed in the monologue, got better as the evening went on.”

2002 — Whoopi Goldberg

2001 — Steve Martin

2000 — Billy Crystal

1999 — Whoopi Goldberg
“For a change, though, let’s not blame Whoopi Goldberg. In her fourth Oscar hosting gig, she trotted out — and tried on — enough glittering rags to turn the broadcast into her own “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”–inspired fashion show. She would make nine fullscale outfit changes, appearing onstage in everything from ornate queenly gowns to birdfeathered frocks.”

1998 –Billy Crystal

1997 — Billy Crystal
“As usual, Crystal was a one–liner and ad-lib machine…Only Crystal was able to rise above the peculiar tenor of the evening to send everyone home exhausted but often entertained. He is clearly the straw that stirs the Oscar drink, and when he isn’t on hand it feels like an infant that has been separated from its mother.”

1996 — Whoopi Goldberg

1995 — David Letterman
“Oscar is as Oscar does, and even a talent as original and irreverent as David Letterman, apparently, can’t change that. Despite tailor-made elements like his Stupid Pet Tricks and a special top 10 list, Letterman blended in rather than stood out during a relatively mundane Oscarcast that offered little spontaneity, few magical moments and several awkward ones.

1994 — Whoopi Goldberg

1993 — Billy Crystal

1992 — Billy Crystal

1991 — Billy Crystal

1990 — Billy Crystal

1989 — No host

1988 — Chevy Chase
“Chevy Chase hosted the occasion with deft skill and humor after overcoming his initial salutation (“Good evening, Hollywood phonies!”) His monologue touched on the writers’ strike, film critics and voting rules.”

1987 — Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, Paul Hogan

1986 — Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams

1985 — Jack Lemmon

1984 — Johnny Carson

1983 — Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, Walter Matthau

1982 — Johnny Carson
“Emcee Johnny Carson, stepping in on the heels of Academy prez Fay Kanin’s enthusiastic welcome to the world audience, delivered mild inside humor about conglomerates and SAG and gave an appreciative tip of the hat to Bob Hope, seated in the audience, for Hope’s longtime association with the Oscar ceremony.”

1981 — Johnny Carson

1980 — Johnny Carson

1979 — Johnny Carson

1978 — Bob Hope

1977 — Richard Pryor, Jane Fonda, Ellen Burstyn, Warren Beatty

1976 — Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, George Segal, Goldie Hawn, Gene Kelly

1975 — Sammy Davis, Jr., Bob Hope, Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra

1974 — John Huston, Diana Ross, Burt Reynolds, David Niven

1973 — Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson

1972 — Helen Hayes, Alan King, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jack Lemmon

1971 – No host

1970 – No host

1969 — Ingrid Bergman, Diahann Carroll, Tony Curtis, Jane Fonda, Burt Lancaster, Walter Matthau, Sidney Poitier, Rosalind Russell, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood

1968 — Bob Hope

1967 — Bob Hope

1966 — Bob Hope

1965 — Bob Hope
“Emcee Bob Hope was armed with some timely gags (and a few barbs too) as he smoothly supervised preoceedings for the 11th time.”

1964 — Jack Lemmon

1963 — Frank Sinatra
“Slightly over two-hour affair was presided over, for first time, by Frank Sinatra, who served as mouthpiece for the currently aggressive point of view of Hollywood’s film colony. Eschewing any apologies or backslapping over past glories, the narrative viewpoint, as spoken by Sinatra, hit back at the inclination in certain circles to put Hollywood into the orbit column, and let the nation know the film colony knows that ‘good pictures’ are the order of the day.”

1962 — Bob Hope

1961 — Bob Hope

1960 — Bob Hope

1959 — Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, David Niven, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Tony Randall, Mort Sahl

1958 — Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, David Niven, Rosalind Russell, James Stewart, Donald Duck

1957 — Jerry Lewis
“For Lewis it was a field day and his writers provided him with some sparkling material. He quipped and jibed with everyone that shared the lectern with him and even across the country to Celeste Holm, who emceed the N.Y. end of the ceremonies. He was given far more clowning latitude than last year and made it a tour de farce in his own right.”

1956 — Jerry Lewis

1955 — Bob Hope

1954 — Donald O’Connor

1953 — Bob Hope

1952 — Danny Kaye

1951 — Fred Astaire

1950 — Paul Douglas

1949 — Robert Mongomery

1948 – No host

1947 — Jack Benny

1946 — Bob Hope, James Stewart

1945 — John Cromwell Bob Hope

1944 — Jack Benny

1943 — Bob Hope

1942 — Bob Hope

1941 — Walter Wanger, Academy president

1940 — Bob Hope

1939 — Frank Capra, Academy president

1938 — Bob Burns

1937 — George Jessel

1936 — Frank Capra, Academy president

1935 — Irvin S. Cobb

1934 — Will Rogers

1932 — Conrad Nagel, Academy president

1931 — Lawrence Grant

1930 — Conrad Nagel

1930 — William C. DeMille, Academy president

1929 — Douglas Fairbanks, William C. DeMille

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