The Ride Along actor announced his selection for the 91st Oscars in an Instagram statement Tuesday.
“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 this stage is unbelievable,” Hart wrote. “I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now.”
“I will be sure to make sure this years Oscars are a special one,” Hart wrote.
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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 announcement came hours after trade publication The Hollywood Reporter posted a story calling the Oscars host position “the least wanted job in Hollywood.”
Hart clearly doesn’t feel that way, writing on Instagram that it has been on his list of dream jobs for years.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences followed up with a tweet that welcomed him “to the family.”
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) December 5, 2018
Hart takes over hosting duties from Jimmy Kimmel, who presided over the last two ceremonies, including 2016’s flub that resulted in the wrong best picture winner being announced. Last year’s ceremony was an all-time ratings low, and the film academy has announced a series of changes to the upcoming show.
Those include shortening the broadcast to three hours, and also presenting certain categories during commercial breaks and broadcasting excerpts of those winners’ speeches later in the show.
“Congratulations amigo – @TheAcademy made an excellent choice. You are going to kill it,” Kimmel said of Hart.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 5, 2018
Celebrities including Chris Rock, who hosted the ceremony in 2016, posted congratulatory messages about Hart’s selection Tuesday night.
“Damn I’ve lost another job to Kevin Hart,” Rock posted on Instagram, echoing a joke he told during his 2016 opening monologue. “They got the best person for the job.”
Hart’s co-star on Real Husbands of Hollywood Nick Cannon congratulated the comedian on Instagram.
“Couldn’t be happier for this a**hole!!! @kevinhart4real. Real talk my bro deserves every bit of what God is blessing him with. The hardest working, kindest and most genuine dude in the business. The Oscars are lucky to have you!!,” Cannon wrote. “You are gonna kill it!! Plus you the same size as the Oscar!!”
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Couldn’t be happier for this asshole!!! @kevinhart4real 🤣🤣🤣🤦🏾♂️ Real talk my bro deserves every bit of what God is blessing him with. The hardest working, kindest and most genuine dude in the business. The Oscars are lucky to have you!! You are gonna kill it!! Plus you the same size as the Oscar!! Keep Shining King!!! Love when good things happen to good people!! #Family
Hart’s fans also congratulated him on Twitter.
— snackxx (@snackxx_tweets) December 5, 2018
— TriciaMPH (@mccallx) December 5, 2018
KEVIN HART IS HOSTING THE OSCARS!
I’m not sure why I screamed that. But I can only assume it’s because he’s gonna be shortest host evassss!! Congrats man!! pic.twitter.com/YUPh38NPg8
— G-man The Black Film Nerd (@gman902105) December 5, 2018
Hart previously hosted the MTV Movie Awards along with Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson.
The 2019 Oscars will be broadcast Feb. 24 on ABC.
—With files from the Associated Press
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