The last two Academy Awards were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, but not this year. The 2019 Oscars will be hosted by none other than Kevin Hart. He confirmed his exciting hosting gig on Instagram on Tuesday evening, and there’s no denying the comedian is overjoyed by the news.
Based on his post, it’s been a dream of his to host and now his wish is coming true. “For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…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.”
He continued, “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 [sic] that have graced that stage is unbelievable.”
He also honored his late mother, Nancy, who died in 2007 after battling cancer, and thanked his loved ones by writing, “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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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
As it usually goes when any host is announced, Twitter has some thoughts. It seems like there are more mixed emotions than anything. Some people are happy about Hart’s news, whereas others aren’t feeling it. Below are just a few reactions.
— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) December 5, 2018
Let me say this in Kevin Hart’s favor: At least he’s always wanted to host the Oscars! So often, men host award shows and act like it’s a punishment. He won’t do that.
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) December 5, 2018
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: Oscars will be hosted by Kevin Hart!!,
— ❄️ Kayla ❄️ (@Wispermill) December 5, 2018
Wow, it was true. No one wanted to host the oscars.
— McAllister (@mcallisternj) December 5, 2018
— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) December 5, 2018
thank u, next https://t.co/iiBnVKZCII
— Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) December 5, 2018
Kevin Hart is hosting the Oscars which is awesome… especially if he hires a diverse writing staff.
— Nell Scovell (@NellSco) December 5, 2018
Don’t really know what to feel with Kevin Hart hosting the Oscars. If it’s anything like his movies, it’s gonna be hard to watch.
— Nick Granillo (@nickgranillo) December 5, 2018
I’m conflicted. I think Kevin Hart’s a great comedian, but I’ve lost all interest in the Oscars in the past couple of years. https://t.co/WQBMIe5Vle
— Canadian Movie Buff (@thejamesewart) December 5, 2018
And that’s how it usually goes when most anyone is chosen to host an awards show. Whatever the case, Hart is ready, willing and able to add Oscars host to his resume.
Hart previously spoke with Variety in May 2017 and expressed interest in hosting the prestigious awards ceremony. “It would be something I would definitely do just to say I did it in my career,” he said. “It would be great to say I had that moment.”
Hart also opened up on the previously titled Live With Kelly and Michael in 2015 (via The Hollywood Reporter) and said about hosting the Oscars in the future,“That would be a major accomplishment. With what I’ve done and the progress I’ve made in my career, that’s definitely the next major step, I feel, for a comedian.”
Seeing as the Night School star also has previous hosting experience (he hosted the 2016 MTV Movie Awards with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), Hart will probably feel right at home on the Oscars stage when it airs on Sunday, Feb. 24 on ABC.