Kevin Hart Is Finally Getting His Chance To Host The Oscars

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Kevin Hart is the epitome of a Hollywood superstar in 2018. The 39-year-old Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native co-wrote, produced, and starred in this year’s Night School. Additionally, the top stand-up draw was willing to poke fun at his personal life through a role in J. Cole’s “Kevin’s Heart” music video. Elsewhere in the Rap community, Hart signed on to produce an FX series based on rapper Lil Dicky’s life. The Laugh Out Loud app creator also used his platforms to challenge some of his peers to do better, including sending a strong message to Katt Williams over his criticism of Hart’s co-star Tiffany Haddish.

The winner of an Emmy Award, NAACP Image Award, BET Award, and People’s Choice Award can add a new distinction to his list of accolades. Hart confirmed this evening (December 4) that has agreed to host 2019’s Academy Awards. The announcement puts Hart in the company of such comedians as Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Bob Hope, Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, and Steve Martin, among dozens of others.

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Hart also reacted to his news on social media, expressing just how much the opportunity means to him. He addressed being asked by fans for years if he would consider the award, suggesting that the only thing stopping him was the offer. He wrote, “I am so happy to say that day has finally come for me to host the Oscars.”

Hart also wrote how proud the hosting would make his mother, the single woman who raised him and passed away from cancer 2007. He also thanked his fans and supporters. “To be able to join the legendary list of [hosts] who have graced that stage is unbelievable,” Hart continued. “I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now.”

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Kevin, who is currently recognized for comedic roles, may find an easier pathway to getting a trophy of his own in time. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences added a category, “Best Popular Film.” Few people in front of or behind the camera are capable of the kinds of draws Hart has demonstrated throughout the last decade.

For the last two years, comedian/television host Jimmy Kimmel has hosted the event. The 2019 ceremony will be held on February 24 at Los Angeles, California’s Dolby Theatre. The nominations will announce on January 22.