Blake Edwards

The bad, the good and the none _ a look at Oscar hosts

The very first Oscars were held on May 16, 1929. They were only 15 minutes long, watched by only 270 people at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Guest tickets cost $5 and statuettes were handed out by Academy President Douglas Fairbanks, the first host. Here's a look at memorable shows and Oscar hosts through the years:

HISTORY-MAKING HOST

Whoopi Goldberg made history as the first African-American to host the Academy Awards show in 1994, in addition to being the first woman to host the show solo. Goldberg kept the show moving at a brisk pace, poking fun at everyone from alleged Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss to Lorena Bobbitt. "Lorena Bobbitt, please meet Bob Dole,"...

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