Credit: ABC Photo: Billy Crystal, Oscars 2012 Host

Billy Crystal may have hosted his first Oscars 21 years ago, but we’re not quite sure he’s legal yet.

Though Eddie Murphy was originally slated to host the 2012 Academy Awardswards, we’re excited to see Billy take the stage once more. This will by his ninth Oscars so here are the nine best lines:

1. "Welcome to Oscar 2000, or as ABC calls it, Regis' night off."
72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000)

2. “Despite what The Wall Street Journal says, our awards are the best-kept secret in America, with the possible exception of what George W. Bush did in the ‘70s.”
76th Annual Academy Awards (2004)

3. “The Passion of the Christ opened up on Ash Wednesday, had a Good Friday.”
76th Annual Academy Awards (2004)

4. When Matt Damon won the screenplay award for Good Will Hunting at age 27: “Matt Damon is so young, the results in his category were tabulated by Fisher-Price Waterhouse.”
70th Annual Academy Awards (1998)

5. “It was 13 years ago when I first hosted the Academy Awards, and things sure have changed since then. George Bush was president, the economy was tanking, and we had just finished a war with Iraq. Yeah, things really have changed.”
76th Annual Academy Awards (2004)

6. Dressed as Hannibal Lecter: "I’m having a few of the Academy for dinner tonight ...”
64th Annual Academy Awards (1993)

7. In reference to the Bill Clinton scandal: "A billion people are watching tonight — except for Linda Tripp, who's taping it."
70th Annual Academy Awards (1998)

8. Talking to Warren Beatty and pregnant Annette Benning in the audience: "As host, I have a lot of duties to do tonight. If Warren happens to be on stage, if Annette goes into labor, I have to be her Lamaze coach. But she's a pro and I know she'll do it in one take.”
72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000)

9. “Good news, they found Nemo! The bad news is, they found him in one of Wolfgang Puck’s puff pastries.”
76th Annual Academy Awards (2004)

Any we missed? Do you think Billy Crystal will make the 84th Annual Academy Awards the best yet? Or are you still stuck on Eddie Murphy’s rejection? Comment below!

 

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