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Picks and Pans Review: The Greatest Oscar Hosts

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>JOHNNY CARSON

With his split-second timing and friendships with half the room, Carson landed zingers with class.

BOB HOPE

The record 18-time Oscar host skewered himself as much as he did the swells, poking fun at his never having won the gold.

BILLY CRYSTAL

Fabulous openers, tireless showmanship and jokes that weren’t mean: Let’s hope that, as rumored, he’ll make a cameo next February.