Actor-comedian Kevin Hart will host 2019 Oscars

Associated Press
Wed, 2018-12-05 (All day)

LOS ANGELES: Kevin Hart has a new job — he will host the 2019
Academy Awards, a role the prolific actor-comedian says fulfills a
longtime dream.
Hart announced his selection for the 91st Oscars in an Instagram
statement Tuesday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
followed up with a tweet that welcomed him “to the family.”
The announcement came hours after trade publication The Hollywood
Reporter posted a story calling the Oscars host position “the
least wanted job in Hollywood.”
Hart clearly doesn’t feel that way, writing on Instagram that it
has been on his list of dream jobs for years. The 2019 Oscars will
be broadcast Feb. 24 on ABC.
“I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list
for a long time…To be able to join the legendary list of host
that have graced this stage is unbelievable,” Hart wrote. “I
know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now.
“I will be sure to make sure this years Oscars are a special
one,” Hart wrote.
Hart takes over hosting duties from Jimmy Kimmel, who presided over
the last two ceremonies, including 2016’s flub that resulted in
the wrong best picture winner being announced. Last year’s
ceremony was an all-time ratings low, and the film academy has
announced a series of changes to the upcoming show.
Those include shortening the broadcast to three hours, and also
presenting certain categories during commercial breaks and
broadcasting excerpts of those winners’ speeches later in the
The 39-year-old Hart has become a bankable star with films such as
“Ride Along,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Night
Celebrities including Martin Lawrence and Chris Rock, who hosted
the ceremony in 2005 and 2016, posted congratulatory messages about
Hart’s selection Tuesday night.
“Damn I’ve lost another job to Kevin Hart,” Rock posted on
Instagram, echoing a joke he told during his 2016 opening
monologue. “They got the best person for the job.”

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