The Academy is pressing forwarded without a host for this year’s Oscars.
The Oscars will air with no host for the first time in 30 years, according to Variety. The Academy Awards have had a host for every awards show since 1990, but this year marks a significant change.
This year’s host-selection process was complete and utter chaos. The Academy took a suspiciously long time selecting a host. When Kevin Hart was finally handed the duties, old homophobic tweets by the comedian resurfaced and a significant social media backlash quickly forced him to resign. READ MORE
AFTER KEVIN HART DEBACLE, OSCARS FORGE AHEAD HOSTLESS
The Oscars are poised to embark on one of the most radical reinventions in the awards show’s long history. For the first time in nearly three decades, the biggest night in movies plans to go without a host, individuals with knowledge of the plans told Variety.
Producers will select a crop of A-listers to introduce various segments instead of relying on one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers, said the insiders. The producers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars, are scrambling to line up top talent needed to carry the telecast, which is just six weeks from airing live — on Feb. 24 — from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Hand-wringing at the Academy has been palpable.
As it stands, no new offers are out, nor are any expected to be made to a single potential host to fill the void left by Kevin Hart, who dropped out within hours of being selected when he refused to apologize for his past homophobic remarks that had resurfaced on Twitter. READ MORE
KEVIN HART DEFINITELY WON’T BE OSCARS HOST — SO THE ACADEMY IS PUSHING AHEAD WITHOUT ONE
The Academy Awards will be host-less for the first time in three decades.
After several weeks of controversy and debate, Kevin Hart has made it official, again: He’s definitely not hosting the Academy Awards — and as a result, the Oscars will reportedly proceed without a host at all.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced in December that Hart would host the 2019 Oscars, but the news was immediately met with a social media firestorm concerning homophobic jokes and tweets that Hart made years ago. In the wake of round one of the controversy, Hart apologized to the queer community and stepped down from the hosting gig. READ MORE