Kevin Hart lands gig host­ing the Os­cars

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Kevin Hart has a new job — he will host the 2019 Academy Awards, a role the pro­lific ac­tor-co­me­dian says ful­fills 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 Os­cars will be broad­cast Feb. 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 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 year’s 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.

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.

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