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Kevin Hart to host the Os­cars

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Kevin Hart will be the host of the 2019 Academy Awards, ful­fill­ing a life­long dream for the ac­tor-co­me­dian.

Hart an­nounced his se­lec­tion for the 91st Os­cars in an In­sta­gram state­ment on 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 on Fe­bru­ary 24 on ABC.

“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 this stage is un­be­liev­able,” Hart wrote. “I know my mom is smil­ing from ear to ear right now.”

Hart takes over host­ing du­ties from Jimmy Kim­mel, who presided over the last two cer­e­monies, in­clud­ing 2016’s best pic­ture 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.

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