Hart will host 2019 Os­cars

Ac­tor-co­me­dian says it’s a dream come true

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

lOs aN­Ge­les — Kevin hart has a new job — he will host the 2019 academy awards, a role the pro­lific ac­tor-co­me­dian says ful­fils a long­time dream.

hart an­nounced his se­lec­tion for the 91st Os­cars in an in­sta­gram state­ment Tues­day. The academy of mo­tion Pic­ture arts and sciences fol­lowed up with a tweet that wel­comed him “to the fam­ily.”

The an­nounce­ment came hours after trade pub­li­ca­tion The hol­ly­wood re­porter posted a story call­ing the Os­cars host po­si­tion “the least wanted job in hol­ly­wood.”

hart clearly doesn’t feel that way, writ­ing on in­sta­gram that it has been on his list of dream jobs for years. The 2019 Os­cars will be broad­cast Feb. 24 on abc and cTV.

“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 (hosts) that have graced this stage is un­be­liev­able,” hart wrote. “i know my mom is smil­ing from ear to ear right now.

“i will be sure to make sure this years Os­cars are a spe­cial one.”

hart takes over host­ing du­ties from Jimmy Kim­mel, who presided over the last two cer­e­monies, in­clud­ing 2016’s flub that re­sulted in the wrong best pic­ture win­ner be­ing an­nounced. last year’s cer­e­mony was an all-time rat­ings low, and the film academy has an­nounced a se­ries of changes to the up­com­ing show.

Those in­clude short­en­ing the broad­cast to three hours, and also pre­sent­ing cer­tain cat­e­gories dur­ing com­mer­cial breaks and broad­cast­ing ex­cerpts of those win­ners’ speeches later in the show.

The 39-year-old hart has be­come a bank­able star with films such as ride along, Ju­manji: Wel­come to the Jun­gle and Night school.

celebri­ties in­clud­ing martin lawrence and chris rock, who hosted the cer­e­mony in 2005 and 2016, posted con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages about hart’s se­lec­tion Tues­day night.

“damn i’ve lost an­other job to Kevin hart,” rock posted on in­sta­gram, echo­ing a joke he told dur­ing his 2016 open­ing mono­logue. “They got the best per­son for the job.”

Jor­Dan sTrauss/in­vi­sion

Kevin Hart will host the 2019 Academy Awards, ful­fill­ing a life­long dream for the ac­tor-co­me­dian. Hart an­nounced Tues­day, his se­lec­tion in an In­sta­gram state­ment and the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences fol­lowed up with a tweet that wel­comed him “to the fam­ily.”

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