Kevin Hart will host the 2019 Academy Awards. The blockbuster comedian confirmed his newest job in an Instagram post Tuesday evening. Hart called hosting the Oscars “the opportunity of a lifetime” and thanked his family, friends, and fans for their support.
Hart is a great selection by the Oscars’ producers. In addition to being one of the biggest movie stars out there, the Night School actor has already worked on his hosting chops. In 2011, he hosted the BET Awards and then MTV Video Music Awards the following year. He’s hosted the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber (for some reason) and Saturday Night Live three times.
Hosting the Oscars is a dream come true for him. “To be able to join the legendary list of host [sic] that have graced that stage is unbelievable,” he wrote. “I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now.”
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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 the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to. I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. 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 that stage is unbelievable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time….I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one. I appreciate the @TheAcademy for the opportunity ….now it’s time to rise to the occasion #Oscars
It’s a good thing Hart is excited for the gig. Ever since the calendar turned to December, countless posts from industry writers wondered who would accept what has been become ‘the least popular job in entertainment.’ typically the gig is long booked by now so the host can start watching Oscar-nominated movies and brainstorm a show. The 2018 Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, was the lowest-rated broadcast in its history. Many of the 21st century hosts have said they would never do it again and the Academy has struggled to find a strong, consistent master of ceremonies like Johnny Carson (who hosted five times), Billy Crystal (nine times), and Bob Hope (a whopping 19). (Check out Stephen Galloway’s poorly-timed but solid article for The Hollywood Reporter for more on this downward trend.)
Many have reportedly turned down the job. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (who crushed the Golden Globes), Oprah Winfrey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Jerry Seinfeld have all apparently been offered to host—and declined.
Hart is extremely popular not just with adults, but with young comedy fans too. He has proven able to carry R-rated movies just as much as PG flicks. Maybe that’s why the Academy Awards producer Donna Gigliotti tapped the Jumaji juggernaut to emcee the biggest night in Hollywood. The Oscars is scheduled for February 24 and will air once again on ABC.
The entertainment mogul will likely staff up an impressive group of writers and comedy minds to put on a show that could save the annual broadcast’s ratings woes. Though we were tickled to see Stephen King suggest the most unlikely-yet-perfect comedy host: Patton Oswalt.
Let me add my vote: Patton Oswald to host the Oscars. A perfect fit.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 4, 2018