VIDEO: BWW Salutes Nine-Time OSCAR Host Billy Crystal
As final preparations are being made for Sunday night's live broadcast of the 86th Annual ACADEMY AWARDS, BWW pays tribute to star of stage and screen, Billy Crystal, who served as host of The Academy Awards broadcast in 1990-1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2012. His nine times as the Oscar emcee is second only to Bob Hope's 18 in most ceremonies hosted.
Crystal's hosting was critically praised, resulting in two Emmy wins for hosting and writing the 63rd Academy Awards and an Emmy win for writing the 64th Academy Awards.
Below, take a look back at highlights from Crystal's run as host. Which was your favorite?
In his debut as host, Crystal emceed the 62nd Academy Awards in 1990. The comic wowed the crowd as he debuted his singing medley about the Best Picture nominees of that year, which would become one of his signature Oscar routines.
After hosting for four straight years, Crystal took a break, turning over the hosting duties to Whoopi Goldberg in '93 and '95 and David Letterman in '94. He returned for the 69th edition in 1997 and introduced a new bit in which he plugged himself into existing films, which once again brought down the house!
For the 72rd Academy Awards in 2000, the host offered a new opening routine in which he revealed to viewers across the globe exactly what famous audience members were thinking. From Arnold Schwarzenegger to Jack Nicholson, Crystal improvised many of snappy one-liners. The routine proved such a success that he brought it back for the 76th awards show four years later.
Marking his eighth time as host, Crystal returned for the 2004 Academy Awards and once again turned song and dance man as he spoofed that year's contender's for Best Picture.