Ever since the Academy Awards ceremonies began in 1929, 73 many different people have hosted or co-hosted the event either once or multiple times. The one person who has hosted the Oscars more than anyone is comedian Bob Hope (died 2003). He hosted the Oscars 18 different times, beginning in 1940, following him is Billy Crystal (8 times), Johnny Carson (5 times), Jack Lemmon (4 times), and Whoopi Goldberg (4 times). Hosts for the Oscars have included Comedians, Actors, Actresses, Film directors, Musicians and an animated Disney character. In 1958, Donald Duck made history by co-hosted the Academy Awards alongside Bob Hope, David Niven, James Stewart, Jack Lemmon, and Rosalind Russell. Donald Duck didn’t actually appear on stage, only on film, but this marks the only time any animated character has officially hosted the Oscars.
The million dollar question everyone is asking now is, Who Will Be The 2019 Academy Awards Host?
This question came about after the host for 2019 was announced as comedian Kevin Hart but shortly after he stepped down. Kevin Hart stepped down from being 2019 Academy Awards host after he was asked to apologise for a tweet/joke he posted years ago concerning the LGBTQ+ community. Kevin refused to apologise and opted to step down from hosting the awards. This left many people upset, disappointed and some went to the lengths of saying they will not watch or attend the Oscars. This is not a good thing for the Oscars as they have been experiencing low ratings for the past couple of years and desperately need someone who will draw attention to the awards and entertain people.
Throughout the years, many people have hosted the Oscars and let us take you down memory lane of Academy Awards hosts. Here are the 14 past hosts for the awards:
Jimmy Kimmel – 2017, 2018
Jimmy Kimmel is an American television host, producer, writer, comedian, voice actor, musician and radio personality. He is the host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a late-night talk show that airs on ABC. Prior to that, Kimmel was best known as the co-host of Comedy Central’s The Man Show and Win Ben Stein’s Money.
Chris Rock – 2005, 2016
Chris Rock is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s. He went on to more prominent film roles, and a series of acclaimed comedy specials for HBO.
Neil Patrick Harris – 2015
Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, writer, producer, director, comedian, magician, singer, and television host. He is known for playing Barney Stinson in the television comedy series How I Met Your Mother, for which he was nominated for four Emmy Awards, and for his teenage role as the title character in Doogie Howser, M.D.
Ellen DeGeneres – 2007, 2014
Ellen DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003. Her stand up career started in the early 1980s, culminating in a 1986 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Seth MacFarlane – 2013
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane is an American actor, animator, cartoonist, writer, producer, director, comedian, singer, and songwriter. He is the creator of the TV series Family Guy and co-creator of the TV series American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. He also voices many of the shows’ various characters.
Anne Hathaway – 2011
Anne Hathaway is an American actress, singer, and producer. After several stage roles, Hathaway appeared in the 1999 television series Get Real. She came to prominence after playing Mia Thermopolis in the Disney film The Princess Diaries and in its 2004 sequel. Since then, Hathaway has starred in dramatic films such as Havoc and Brokeback Mountain, in 2005.
James Franco – 2011
James Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks. He later played the title character in the TV biographical film James Dean, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He played Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
Alec Baldwin – 2010
Alec Baldwin is an American actor, producer, and comedian. As a member of the Baldwin family, he is the oldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all well-known actors. Baldwin first gained recognition appearing on seasons 6 and 7 of the CBS television drama Knots Landing, in the role of Joshua Rush.
Hugh Jackman – 2009
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, producer, and singer who is involved in film, musical theatre and television. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series.
Jon Stewart – 2006, 2008
Jon Stewart is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, actor, media critic, and former television host. He was the host of The Daily Show, a satirical news program on Comedy Central, from 1999 until 2015. Stewart started as a stand-up comedian, but branched into television as host of Short Attention Span Theatre for Comedy Central.
Steve Martin – 2001, 2003, 2010
Steve Martin is an American comedian, actor, musician, writer, and producer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours.
David Letterman – 1995
David Letterman is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, and actor. He hosts the late night television talk show Late Show with David Letterman, broadcast on CBS. Letterman has been a fixture on late night television since the 1982 debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC. In 1996, David Letterman was ranked #45 on TV Guide ‘s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.
Whoopi Goldberg – 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001
Whoopi Goldberg is an American actress, comedienne, political activist, writer, producer, and television host. Although Goldberg made her film debut in the avant-garde ensemble film Citizen: I’m Not Losing My Mind, I’m Giving It Away, her breakthrough role was playing Celie, a mistreated black woman in the Deep South in the period drama film The Color Purple.
Billy Crystal – 1989-1992, 1996-1997, 1999, 2003, 2012
William Edward “Billy” Crystal is an American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, comedian, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and box office successes When Harry Met Sally…, City Slickers, and Analyze This.