The actor and comedian Kevin Hart will be in charge of presenting the 91st Academy Awards Ceremony of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which will be held on February 24 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. "I am very happy to announce that the day has finally arrived and I will present the Oscars", Hart has written on his Instagram account. "I'm impressed because this has been a dream to cross off my list for a long time."
"For years they have asked me if I would ever present the Oscars and my response was always the same … I said that it would be the opportunity of my life as a comedian and what would happen when I had to go through," said the actor. "Having the opportunity to join a legendary list of presenters is incredible."
The interpreter, known for having starred in titles such as School for losers (2018) and Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle (2017), has promised that it will be responsible for making "this year's edition very special". "I thank the Academy for the opportunity, now it's time to prepare for the occasion", he underlined. "Welcome to the family", has responded, meanwhile, the Academy on your Twitter account.
In the Academy's 91-year history, Hart is one of the few African-Americans who has been chosen to present the Oscars. Along with Hart, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and Richard Pryor have been the only black hosts to present the ceremony to date.
Hart had been yearning to be the host of the Oscars for years. "If I can start the campaign now and participate in it, I am for the work," he said in 2015 as Los Angeles Times, "I would just take the opportunity." In 2016, he assured The New York Times I thought I would present the Academy Awards '' sooner rather than later. "" I'm patient and I'll wait for it, "he said," but there's no doubt in my head that it will happen. "
The comedian takes over from Jimmy Kimmel, presenter of the two past editions, which recorded very low audience data. In fact, the 90th edition was followed by 26.5 million people, the lowest number in the history of the Oscars. The Academy has prepared some changes to make the gala more dynamic and will reduce it to three hours and will award several prizes during the advertising space.
In addition to the poor data of spectators who followed the ceremony, the awards ceremony has also been charged with controversy. The Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences faced a strong reaction after black actors and films starring black characters were overlooked in 2015 and 2016, what sparked the #OscarsSoWhite protest and a more inclusive Academy was claimed. Further, in the middle of the #MeToo movement, the women launched several accusations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein and other powerful people in the film industry.