The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officially announced that there will be no host for the Oscars ceremony for the first time in nearly three decades.
Originally, The Upside and Jumanji 2 star Kevin Hart was intended to host the ceremony. He stepped down after several homophobic tweets resurfaced on social media. In a later interview, he revealed he would not be invited back. Since then, rumors that the ceremony would not have a host persisted, while some speculated that it would feature an Avengers reunion instead.
Taking Hart's place will be a diverse group of Oscars presenters that features Avengers: Endgame stars Brie Larson, Tessa Thompson and Chris Evans, plus Daniel Craig, Charlize Theron and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina. Multiple genre films are up for nomination this year, including Black Panther for Best Picture, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for Animated Feature and Avengers: Infinity War for Best Visual Effects.
The 1989 Oscars ceremony was the last year without a host. For that ceremony, producer Alan Carr decided to have more presenters on stage instead.
The 91st Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 24 at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC.
via ABC News