Oscar Hosts' Best and Worst Moments Ever: 85 Years of Laughs and Gaffes
Carson, the king of late night, hosted the Oscars five times. During his reign, he bantered with Miss Piggy, teased Marlon Brando, and joked about the ever-longer ceremonies. (In 1980, he quipped that President Jimmy Carter was negotiating for the audience's release from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where that year's awards were held.) His comedy struck a delicate balance between mocking and funny: "I see a lot of new faces...especially on the old faces," he cracked in 1979.