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Poll: Best Academy Awards Host

Since the whole thing usually depends upon a strong personality to pull it all together, we included a list of every host and cohost to emcee the ceremony, starting with the first television broadcast, which was presided over by Bob Hope. There have been fifty-two so far (this year’s ceremony was hosted by Hugh Jackman), ranging from the serviceable to the sublime. You voted for your favorites, and Billy Crystal won with an overwhelming forty-three percent of the vote. Here are the top five results:

Billy Crystal: 43%
(1990–1993, 1997–1998, 2000, 2004)

Johnny Carson: 15%
(1979–1982, 1984)

Bob Hope: 9%
(1953, 1955, 1958, 1960–1962, 1965–1968, 1975, 1978)

  tied with

Ellen DeGeneres: 9%

The idea of Hugh Jackman: 6%

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