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This Year's Oscars Will Have No Host

It's the first time this has happened in 30 years
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2019 1:24 AM CST
Oscar statuettes appear backstage at the Oscars in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – It's been called "the least wanted job in Hollywood"—and this year, nobody's going to do it. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed Monday that this year's Oscars will be the first without a host in 30 years, Mediaweek reports. The Academy also announced a diverse list of presenters for the Feb. 24 show, including Crazy Rich Asians stars Awkwafina and Constance Wu and former Best Actress winners Brie Larson and Charlize Theron, the Guardian reports. Tina Fey, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, and Tessa Thompson are also on the list.

Kevin Hart was named in December as the host of the 91st Academy Awards, but he stepped down within 36 hours amid controversy over homophobic tweets from his past. The last host-less Oscars was in 1989. The widely panned show opened with an 11-minute musical number that included a duet featuring Rob Lowe and Snow White, Fox reports. After the show, 11 prominent Hollywood figures, including Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, and former Academy president Gregory Peck, sent an open letter to the Academy calling the event "an embarrassment to both the Academy and the entire motion picture industry." (Here are this year's biggest Oscar snubs.)

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