Your Pick – Best Oscar Hosts Since 2000 [POLL]
Billy Crystal returns to host the 84th Academy Awards this Sunday night, February 26th on ABC. This will be Crystal’s ninth time to play host to Hollywood’s biggest night. Johnny Carson hosted five times, Jack Lemmon and Whoopi Goldberg each have four, but the host with the most times at the microphone was Bob Hope with an amazing nineteen hosting gigs going back as far as 1939.
It’s hard to pick a favorite host for an award show that has such a long history as the Oscars, but my top three would be Johnny Carson, Bob Hope and Billy Crystal. You may notice I like the funny guys.
The Academy Awards show is one of the very few awards shows I watch anymore, and it’s usually not because I care which movie wins top picture of the year, most of those I never see anyway, or who gets the top actor or actress nod, my motivations are purely entertainment driven. I watch for the inevitable train wrecks, you know; who’s going to show up wearing a bird suit, who’s going to be falling out of her dress, who’s going to drop the F-bomb trying to fumble through an acceptance speech, who’s going to make a complete idiot of themselves trying to spout some leftist political statement just because they have been given a microphone and one minute with a huge TV audience? Who, who, who? The train wrecks happen every year, and personally, I can’t wait to see who makes them.
Sometimes the hosting duties are the biggest train wrecks of the night; 2011’s James Franco and Anne Hathaway were not very well received or reviewed. While Chris Rock managed to keep it pretty clean in 2004, he was a bit rough on actors that night and “for some reason” hasn’t been invited back. Could be it has something to do with biting the hand that feeds you. Just saying.
Since we don’t know how it’s going to go this year yet, how about we get your opinions on who you think has been the best host of the Oscars since the turn of the century.