This year is the 81st Academy Awards for the Oscars. It will be on February 22, 2009 on ABC. Everyone loves to watch the Academy Awards to watch the comedian hosts, and to see people give their acceptance speeches when they win their Oscar. Hugh Jackman will be the host of the Academy Awards this year. Maybe in the future we will see such hosts as Dane Cook, Steve Carell, or Will Ferrill. There have been many hosts for the Academy Awards since 1929. You can see all of the hosts that have ever hosted the Academy Awards on the “Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences” at www.oscars.org. The following are what I think are some of the top Academy Award hosts:
1. Bob Hope
Bob Hope has to be the number one Academy Award host ever. The Academy allowed him to host for 15 Academy Award shows for the Oscars. He hosted 15 shows from 1940 to 1978. Some of the places that he hosted at were Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel, Kodak Theatre, Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The first show Bob Hope hosted was for the 12th Academy Awards on February 29, 1940 at the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel. Best picture of 1939 was “Gone with the Wind”. The last show Bob Hope hosted was the 50th Academy Awards on April 3, 1978 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Best picture of the 1977 was “Annie Hall”. Bob Hope will always be remembered for his classic line of how he should be the one to get an Oscar for his just attending.
2. Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal would have to be number two for the best Academy host. He was an Academy Award host for the Oscars for eight years. He hosted 8 shows from 1990 to 2004. Some of the places that he hosted at were Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Shrine Auditorium, Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center, and Kodak Theatre. The first show that Billy Crystal hosted was for the 62nd Academy Awards on March 26, 1990 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Best picture of 1989 was “Driving Miss Daisy”. The last show Billy Crystal hosted was the 76th Academy Awards on March 26, 2000 at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center. Best picture of 1999 was “American Beauty”. Billy Crystal has always been known as one of the funniest guys of his time.
3. Johnny Carson
Johnny Carson was an Academy Award host for the Oscars for five years. He hosted 5 shows from 1979 to 1984. He only hosted shows at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The first show that Johnny Carson hosted was for the 51st Academy Awards on April 9, 1979. The best picture of 1978 was “The Deer Hunter”. The last show Johnny Carson hosted was the 56th Academy Awards on April 9, 1984. Best picture of 1983 was “Terms of Endearment”. Everyone loved him for his witty humor.
4. Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg was an Academy Award host for the Oscars for four years. She hosted 4 shows from 1994 to 2002. She hosted shows at the Kodak Theatre and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The first show that Whoopi Goldberg hosted was for the 66th Academy Awards on March 21, 1994 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Best picture of 1993 was “Shindler’s List”. The last show Whoopi Goldberg hosted was the 74th Academy Awards on March 24, 2002 at the Kodak Theatre. Best picture of 2001 was “A Beautiful Mind”. The best thing about Whoopi Goldberg being a host was that she has won an Oscar herself for Best Supporting Actress for “Ghost”.
5. Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart was an Academy Award host for the Oscars for two years. He hosted in 2006 and 2008. Both shows were at the Kodak Theatre. The first show that Jon Stewart hosted was for the 78th Academy Awards on March 5, 2006. Best picture of 2005 was “Crash”. The last show Jon Stewart hosted was the 80th Academy Awards on February 24, 2008. Best picture of 2007 was “No Country for Old Men”. Many people are waiting for Jon Stewart to host more shows because they think he is one of the funniest Academy Award hosts that there has been.