American actor/comedian, Kevin Hart will emcee the 91st Academy Awards slated for Sunday, Feb.24, on ABC.
Kevin will host the show for the first time making it a dream come true, as he disclosed back in 2015 on the morning show, Live with Kelly and Michael ‘then’ that hosting the Oscars someday will be a major accomplishment for him at this stage of his career. In an Instagram post the comedian shared his excitement over the newly signed gig with the Academy, 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.”
The other part of his write-up was used to thank The Academy for the opportunity given him and assured audience to be seated at the Dolby Theaters come February 24 and viewers at home a good show. He wrote, “I will be sure to make this year’s Oscars a special one. I appreciate @TheAcademy for the opportunity…now it’s time to rise to the occasion #oscars.”
Kevin joins in the likes of newly bees for the 91st Oscars, Donna Gigliotti serving as producer and Glenn Weiss as co-producer and director for the show. The new team do not only get an opportunity of a lifetime, but also charged with the huge task of raising the Oscars broadcast ratings, which has seen a decline in viewership for the past 2 years running, with a low record of 26.5 million views for last March’s broadcast.
In 2011, Kevin hosted his first ever BET awards and moved on to host the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, which only forms part of the several award shows he has hosted in the past and still counting. He has starred in over 50 films and television shows since his cameo in movies and series in 2002 with the film Paper Soldiers and has since won countless awards in film and comedy including a BET Award, Teen Choice Award, People’s Choice Award, NAACP Image Award and a host of many.