The 91st Academy Awards are two months away and finally, a host has been announced.
Comedian Kevin Hart confirmed on Tuesday that he will host Hollywood’s biggest awards show celebrating film. “I will be sure to make this year’s Oscars a special one,” Hart revealed Tuesday on Instagram, “Now it’s time to rise to the occasion.”
His confirmation followed rumours earlier today suggesting Hart was in the running to emcee. “I hear comedian Kevin Hart is being considered for the job and could take over emcee duties,” Deadline‘s Nellie Andreeva wrote on Tuesday. “The popular comedian has been open about his desire for the gig.”
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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
Hart, 39, expressed his desire to host the event at the 2016 Academy Awards: “It will happen when it’s supposed to.” Jimmy Kimmel hosted the awards show for the last two years but insisted he would not return for the threepeat.
Hart already has a big 2019 ahead of him with the releases of “The Secret Life of Pets 2” and “Jumanji 3”. He is also expected to return in “Ride Along 3”.
ET Canada has reached out to Hart’s rep for a comment. The 91st Academy Awards take place Feb. 24 in Los Angeles.