Kevin Hart Set to Host the 2019 Academy Awards

Kevin Hart is getting ready to fulfill his lifelong dream! The popular comedian will be the one making us laugh come Oscar night as he just landed hosting gig at this prestigious show.

The Night School actor announced the amazing news on his Instagram and Twitter accounts. He made it clear he’s extremely honored to follow in the footsteps Jimmy Kimmel and Chris Rock, who hosted the ceremony before him.

“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 an opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it would happen when it’s supposed to. I am so happy to say the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars,” wrote Hart on Instagram.

The academy is trying to switch things up at this year’s ceremony, introducing a couple of changes in the format. For the first time ever, some of the lower-profile awards won’t be presented during the broadcast. The Academy also toyed with the idea of introducing the Best Popular Film category, but they discarded this idea since it wasn’t met with the enthusiasm they expected.

The 91st Oscars will be held on February 24, but we’ll have to wait until January 22 for the Academy to officially unveil the list of nominees.

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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

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