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Kevin Hart will not be hosting the 91st Academy Awards due to a controversy surrounding some tweets.. so for the first time in exactly 30 years the Oscars will be aired WITHOUT a host.
That's really odd to me and I didn't even realize the Oscars had ever done this before. But digging into it some more it kinda makes sense and it might be a good move this year and going forward.
Everyone seems to be very aware of how much this hosting job just plain sucks now. It's impossible pressure put on whoever takes the job and with declining ratings year in year out and with the growing PC culture that puts every joke you make under a ridiculous microscope, it really does feel like a lose/lose for any would-be comedian or celebrity to take on the task.
Maybe this will allow for longer speeches from the winners now that we don't have to sit through those sometimes painfully contrived musical numbers and just barely funny jokes as the host 'plays up the A-listers in the front row'.
Or maybe this will just give the Academy more of a window to show compilations or maybe longer cuts from performances of the nominees during? I'd actually much prefer that. That would actually be the main selling point to this host-less Oscars; focus more on highlights from the acting, directing, editing, camera work, writing process, costume/make-up process.. everything that makes a film work. Go more in depth into that instead of .. host vamping.
That'd be cool. Hope this model works and maybe its the mold for the Academy from now on.