91st Academy Awards may be the first Oscars ceremony without a host in three decades

FP Staff

Jan 10, 2019 09:53:14 IST

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may just embark on one of the most radical reinventions in the long standing history of the Oscars ceremony. According to Variety, the biggest night of movies will forgo a proper host for the first time in three decades. The report mentions that the organisation for 91st Academy Awards have given up on the task to find a star fit for the role.

Variety reports that 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 Donald Trump zingers".

Comedian Kevin Hart was the original choice to host the show, but he dropped out of the host position after a series of past homophobic tweets were brought up. Supposedly, the Academy offered Hart an ultimatum: apologise or step down, and the actor chose the latter. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that he was tired of defending himself, adding that he has apologised for using homophobic language in the past.

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However, the idea that Hart might be considered back is long dead. During a Wednesday sit-down for Good Morning America, “I’m not hosting the Oscars this year,” said Hart. When asked if he will host in the future he said, “It’s hard to predict what can happen.”

It will be a huge departure from the traditional set of Oscars, which usually depend on one or two emcees to conclude the event. The idea of a hostless awards show does sound isolating. However, the Academy has not confirmed the development yet.

Updated Date: Jan 10, 2019 09:53:14 IST

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