Kevin Hart Will Host The 2019 Oscars

Comedian Kevin Hart will host the next Academy Awards Ceremony, which will take place on February 24 in Hollywood.

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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

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Kevin Hart said he will host the Oscars 91st ceremony, following in the footsteps of no less than Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the two last Academy Awards and whom we will miss dearly.

Kevin Hart's career started with stand-up. In 2015, he was considered one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. A year later, he had his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, after which he appeared in Scary Movie, and, more recently in Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle. The Afro-American is also about to take over French actor Omar Sy’s role in the remake of the movie Intouchables. With a career on the rise, the comedian seems thrilled by the idea to walk on the stage of the Academy Awards ceremony:

"For years I have been asked if I could 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…"

The choice of Kevin Hart can be seen as an effort on the Academy's part to introduce more diversity in the Oscars, following the critics which went viral with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, pointing at the absence of black actors and actresses among the nominees in 2016.

Several celebrities and anonymous cinema-lovers had acknowledged the fact that the Academy was not leaving enough room for diversity, or even that nominations were tainted by latent racism.

While it is not the first time a black celebrity will host the Oscars (Chris Rock, Sammy Davis Jr or even Richard Pryor already did so), the occasion only presented itself once for an Afro-American woman so far, the comedian Whoopi Goldberg.

By Lucille Bion, publish on 05/12/2018