Gadsby’s Oscar buzz

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

AUSSIE co­me­dian Hannah Gadsby has emerged as a con­tender to host the Os­cars.

US movie star Kevin Hart quit the gig af­ter con­tro­versy over ho­mo­pho­bic tweets in the past, leav­ing the Mo­tion Pic­ture Academy scram­bling to find a re­place­ment.

Gadsby, pic­tured, who is from Tas­ma­nia, was one of a num­ber of sug­ges­tions put for­ward by Va­ri­ety yes­ter­day.

Gadsby’s com­edy fea­tures strong so­cial com­men­tary on a num­ber of LGBTQ is­sues, and she is openly les­bian, which would pro­vide a ro­bust con­trast to Hart.

The last Aus­tralian to host the Os­cars was Hugh Jack­man in 2009. Paul Ho­gan did it in 1987.

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