The Oscars Reportedly Going Hostless For The First Time Since 1989
Although it looked like Kevin Hart might be invited back to host the awards, The Academy seems to be getting rid of the role altogether, for the first time in 30 years.
Hart appeared on Good Morning America today and was asked by host Michael Strahan how he had "evolved" since writing the homophobic tweets that cost him the gig.
“I have explained how I evolved, which makes me say I’m over it. I’m not saying how I’ve changed anymore," said Hart, before ruling out hosting the Oscars next month.
“There’s no more conversation about it ... I’m over that, I’m over the moment,” he said.
Now, Variety has reported that instead of just calling up Billy Crystal and begging him to host the ceremony for the 37th time -- the Oscars will go ahead without an emcee.
"For the first time in nearly three decades, the biggest night in movies plans to go without a host, individuals with knowledge of the plans told Variety," the publication said.
The last time the Academy Awards went without a host was 1989 -- the year Rain Man won Best Picture, Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman) and Best Director (Barry Levinson).
It was the year that Jodie Foster picked up Best Actress for The Accused, Geena Davis won Best Supporting Actress (The Accidental Tourist) and Tom Hanks was snubbed, missing out on an Oscar for his role in Big.
Ah, it's also important to note that Who Framed Roger Rabbit? won for Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Effects Editing, beating DIE HARD in both categories. What a time!
But while it was a huge year for recognising cinematic classics -- the lesson from the 1989 Oscars is that going hostless is a truly terrible idea -- and even an Anne Hathaway/James Franco hosted show is better than a rudderless Oscars ship.
At the 61st Academy Awards, instead of an opening monologue, the ceremony began with an 11-minute musical number that featured Rob Lowe singing "Proud Mary" with a Snow White impersonator, a 22-year-old aspiring actress named Eileen Bowman.
"Keep the cameras rollin', rollin', rollin'," the pair sang, updating the lyrics to the Creedence Clearwater Revival song with ~Hollywood~ themes.
The New York Times darkly described the show as earning "a permanent place in the annals of Oscar embarrassments".
You can watch the whole delicious 11-minute mess here as you ponder what this year's producers will cook up for the opening number.
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