A voice from the past

Those who miss <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001212" title="Billy Crystal" href="/topic/entertainment/billy-crystal-PECLB001212.topic">Billy Crystal</a> as Oscar host received a late-show fix, as Crystal arrived to a standing ovation when he introduced a segment honoring frequent Oscar host <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002429" title="Bob Hope" href="/topic/entertainment/bob-hope-PECLB002429.topic">Bob Hope</a>. None of the major awards had yet been handed out, but Crystal still had a moment to sneak in a joke.  "So, where was I?" Crystal wondered moments after taking the stage. "The producers asked me to tell you that we're running a little long so here are the nominees for best picture."

( Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times )

Those who miss Billy Crystal as Oscar host received a late-show fix, as Crystal arrived to a standing ovation when he introduced a segment honoring frequent Oscar host Bob Hope. None of the major awards had yet been handed out, but Crystal still had a moment to sneak in a joke. "So, where was I?" Crystal wondered moments after taking the stage. "The producers asked me to tell you that we're running a little long so here are the nominees for best picture."

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