The Oscars have finally found the man to host their night, and who else could it be, but Kevin Hart. The news was announced on Tuesday by the comedian himself and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Taking to social media, Kevin Hart wrote:
For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same. I said that it would be an opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it would happen when it’s supposed to. I am so happy to say the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars.
Hart also added:
I will be sure to make this year’s Oscars a special one. I appreciate the @TheAcademy for the opportunity ….now it’s time to rise to the occasion.
The Academy also replied and retweeted his message, adding:
Welcome to the family.
The Academy has had a bumpy ride for the past few years. It has faced backlash for two consecutive years of all-white acting nominees, the lowest ratings to date from this year’s ceremony, where the host, Jimmy Kimmel, had to tackle the immediate aftermath of the #MeToo movement. The show only drew 26.5 million U.S. viewers, down from 32 million in 2017.
However, one of the biggest issue facing the Oscars is the lack of popular films among its nominees. This year, the Best Picture race featured films such as Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water edge out Lady Bird, Get Out, Dunkirk, Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, The Post, Phantom Thread, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. But the top 10 films at the U.S. box office saw movies such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Wonder Woman, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (the latter of which starred Hart).
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Oscars even attempted to introduce a new category of ‘popular films’ of the year, but that was widely panned since there are no criteria on how to judge what’s popular. This is why the Academy needed more than ever a recognizable star power and an ability to attract and engage audiences around the world.
Kevin Hart has carved a career through stand-up into big-budget comedies. Hart will also be next to Bryan Cranston in The Upside, a remake of the French film Les Intouchables, a role that will allow Hart to show more of his dramatic side. Moreover, Hart will follow in the footsteps of comedians such as Kimmel, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg for hosting the biggest gig on U.S. television. The Academy Awards will be held on February 24. Stay tuned!
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