Kevin Hart Scores Gig Nobody Was Trying to Score

Meet your 2019 Oscars host
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2018 10:05 AM CST
Kevin Hart Signs Up for 'Least Wanted' Gig
In this Feb. 4, 2018, file photo, Kevin Hart is interviewed after the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)

(Newser) – And the Oscars' hosting gig goes to: Kevin Hart, who's promising to make this year's ceremony "a special one," reports the Los Angeles Times. "For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same," Hart posted on Instagram. "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." Not everyone is hopping up and down with joy: The Hollywood Reporter calls it the "least wanted job in Hollywood," while over at the AV Club, Sam Barsanti writes that "we're so jaded at this point that it won't seem special unless the presenters make multiple La La Land/Moonlight-style gaffes. Maybe just announce the wrong winner for every category, and then figure it out later at the big celebrity parties?" The Oscars are Feb. 24. (Read more Oscars stories.)

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