Life moves pretty fast. Earlier Tuesday, it was reported, with no shortage of amusement, that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was having a hell of a time finding a host for their 2019 Oscars. (The internet helpfully offered some suggestions.) But as of Tuesday night, there was already a potential sucker winner of the Oscars lottery: According to Deadline, Kevin Hart is officially taking the job no one in the world seemed to want.
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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
The comic and movie star broke the news on Instagram. “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,” Hart wrote. “I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars.”
Hart’s announcement is definitely cutting things close. The ceremony, which earlier this year was held in early March, had for next year been pushed back to late February — the 24th, to be exact. That means should the comic and movie star say OK to the job he’s allegedly been offered, he’ll have to move quick — or just mostly fall back on ad-libbing, at which he already excels.