Queen Just Gave The Academy A Host Of Reasons Why Their New Format Works
For the first time in 30 years, the Academy Awards ditched their tradition and Queen opened the night-of-nights.
Adam Lambert joined Queen on-stage to perform an incredible, electrifying medley of their hits.
The performance received a standing ovation and felt like the perfect antidote to the lack of a clear host.
The 2019 Oscars has had its fair share of controversies but the most notable would be the search for a host. Opening the show with a hilarious monologue, the role has gone to the likes of Billy Crystal, Ellen Degeneres, Chris Rock and even Anne Hathaway and James Franco -- though we try to forget that last disaster.
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Late last year it was announced that comedian Kevin Hart would be taking up the hosting role, something that he was extremely proud of. Unfortunately for Hart the high-profile gig also came with some scrutiny of his past tweets where he "joked" about beating his son if he ever came out as gay, or using homophobic slurs.
What happened next, surprisingly, wasn't a hastily written apology on the iPhone's notes app but rather Hart doubled-down, accusing his critics of trying to ruin his big moment. Hart stepped down from hosting and the award show fell into a hostless limbo.
As mentioned, the last time the series went without a host was back in 1989 where an 11-minute musical number opened the Oscars. The number was so bad it fundamentally ruined the career of producer Allan Carr.
Despite a ratings high, the 1989 opening was so bad an open letter signed by the likes of Gregory Peck, Paul Newman and Julie Andrews called the show "an embarrassment to both the Academy and the entire motion picture industry".
So all eyes were on the 2019 Oscars and how they would handle being host-less, and thankfully there was no singing Rob Lowe.
Then, to make things even better fan favourites Tina Fey, Amy Pohler and Maya Rudolph came out and delivered what COULD have been a sample of their opening monologue but definitely assured audiences that they were NOT the hosts.
The iconic trio even performed a bit of an improvised version of "Shallow" from A Star Is Born.
Maybe the 2019 Oscars have broken the no-host curse?
Featured image: NBC.