After all the controversy and criticism that has surrounded the selection of Oscar hosts in recent years, it’s no real surprise that the Academy has announced that this year’s ceremony will once again move forward without a host at all. Last year they were essentially forced into a host-less format for the first time since 1989 after Kevin Hart decided to step down as host at the eleventh hour. The show did seem to go over well although, in retrospect, it made the night even more forgettable than usual. Now it has been confirmed that the 92nd Academy Awards will follow a similar format this year. ABC President Karey Burke had this to say:
“Together with the Academy we have decided there will be no traditional host again this year, repeating what worked for us last year: huge entertainment value, big musical numbers, big comedy, and star power. Voting just closed last night and nominations will be announced on Monday… We are feeling like we are going to have a slate that is that commercially strong this year which is why we felt really confident in this decision.”
Indeed, with movies like The Irishman, Joker and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood being strong contenders this year, it is likely to be one of the more accessible shows in a long time. Burke also stated that they are not committing to being without a host every year from now on, instead it will be a year-to-year decision. It will be interesting to see if they still bring in someone to deliver a monologue this year like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph did last year. This year’s Oscar nominations will be announced on Monday morning. Do you think the Oscars are better without a host?