Without a big announcement, it looks like this year's ceremony will remain host-less
This year’s Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, but as Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross ran down the list of nominees for Best Directing, Best Sound Editing, Best Animated Film, and all the rest, there was one topic they didn’t touch on: Hosting duties.
Going into the nominations, there wasn’t anyone scheduled to host the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24; Kevin Hart had originally been selected, but the comedian stepped down from the job over old offensive tweets, and not even a big push by Ellen DeGeneres could bring him back. Since the subject wasn’t brought up during the nomination broadcast, it looks like there will not be a host after all.
The 91st Academy Awards will, in other words, be the first host-less presentation of the Oscars in 30 years. The last time the ceremony went without a host was the 61st Academy Awards in 1989. That ceremony is rather infamous thanks to a few misguided musical numbers, which included Rob Lowe singing “Proud Mary” alongside a woman dressed Snow White and the “Stars of Tomorrow” singing and dancing about their supposedly bright future at the Oscars.
What might a host-less Oscars look like this year? EW’s Kristen Baldwin has a few ideas. Earlier this week, Baldwin suggested a program with multiple pop culture stars splitting the host’s typical duties, from a man-on-the-street cold open courtesy of Billy Eichner and Regina King to a cutting monologue by John Oliver.
We’ll know for sure how the Oscars handle a no-host broadcast on Feb. 24. In the meantime, stay tuned to EW.com for more Oscars coverage.