Hosted: 18 total; eleven solo, seven with others (1939-1940, 1942, 1944-45, 1952, 1954, 1957-1961, 1964-67, 1970, 1974, 1977)
There is no denying that Bob Hope knew his way around a stage and an audience. He was Hollywood’s ultimate master of ceremonies, as evidenced by the number of times he came back to the Oscars. He was a contradiction, able to act the rube, but with an easy, natural grace, particularly when he was young. He could have fun onstage with just about anyone. To watch a clip of him and Humphrey Bogart, having a great time at the podium together, clutching each other’s faces for some nonsensical reason is to get a glimpse of what life “inside” Hollywood was, back in the day.