Billy Crystal: How to Host the Oscars & Big Secrets From the 1990 Academy Awards
It’s been 25 years since Billy Crystal first hosted the Academy Awards in 1990, an incredible show that received great praise for Crystal and allowed him to come back for an additional eight times in years since. Crystal’s always energetic work with the Academy Awards has garnered him 3 Emmy Awards (2 for writing, 1 for hosting) and he’s always been relied on to deliver a great performance. His shows were some of the most enthusiastic and entertaining, filled with an appreciation for the magic of cinema as well as an incredible ability to mine laughs out of anything or anybody in the film industry.
In the video below, Billy Crystal reveals big secrets from the 1990 Academy Awards, including the moment Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty visited him in his dressing room mid-show, Paula Abdul’s choreography, live crosses to five different cities worldwide and what it’s like to host for the first time. Neil Patrick Harris certainly has a lot to live up to.