**Circuit Q&A’s are our daily community question, posed to the readers of AwardsCircuit that cover various topics from film and television to general wonderings and for instances**
Today is Billy Crystal‘s 71st birthday. The actor, comedian, and Oscar host has been an industry staple for decades now. For our latest installment of the Circuit Q&A, we want to focus on his hosting duties. Namely, what are your thoughts on Crystal as the host of the Academy Awards? That’s what we’re seeking to find out.
Crystal has had the honor of hosting the Academy Award ceremony over a half dozen times (nine times, to be precise). From 1990–1993, along with 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2012, he was the Master of Ceremonies for Hollywood’s biggest night. To that end, he’s host more than anyone else besides Bob Hope. He’s unlikely to do another ten Oscar telecasts in order to match Hope, but second place is still rather notable.
If you want Academy Award hosts who break the mold, that’s not him. He’s a classic Oscar host in the very sense of the word. In fact, when you think of a host, Crystal is probably who you think of. That old fashioned handling of the telecast was what the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wanted for the longest time. Only recently have they shifted gears from that style. Arguably, they’ve gotten away from what the makes the show as special as it is. Crystal is part of the Oscar ceremony’s very marrow.
For his birthday today, we want to know your thoughts on his hosting abilities. How do you rank Billy Crystal as an Oscar host? Let us know!