Comedian Kevin Hart to host 2019 Oscars

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Published on December 5, 2018 - Duration: 01:09s

Comedian Kevin Hart to host 2019 Oscars

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart announces that he will be hosting the 2019 Academy Awards next February.

Jayson Albano reports.

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Comedian Kevin Hart to host 2019 Oscars

It's the showbusiness opportunity of a lifetime.

Comedian Kevin Hart is set to host the Oscars next year.

Also known as the Academy Awards, the Oscars are the film industry's highest honor.

The announcement comes at a time when the awards have been criticized for their lack of diversity in its nomination of films and performers.

Even its own membership.

Hart is one of only a handful of African-Americans to host the prestigious event since its inception 90 years ago, joining the likes of Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and Sammy Davis Jr.

Hart, who's starred in films like 'Ride Along' and 'Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle' wrote on Instagram: 'I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars'.

The Academy responded: 'So are we.

Welcome to the family.'

The comedian will have his work cut out for him.

Hosts have to appeal to an audience full of A-list celebrities as well as the millions tuning in to the live broadcast internationally.

Hart takes over the role from talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who landed the gig two years in a row.

Oscar nominations will be announced on January 22nd while the 2019 ceremony will take place live on February 24th.

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