Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

I was the first choice to host the Oscars, says Dwayne Johnson

Academy confirms Oscars to go without host for first time in 30 years Oscars Tease an 'Exciting Opener' Despite a Host-less Show After Kevin Hart Controversy
Charles Bowen | 07 February, 2019, 20:09

Why wouldn't he be?

Hart is not quite as busy or prolific, but is one of the most sought-after comic leads in Hollywood, and appears opposite Bryan Cranston in the controversial-but-buzzy The Upside, a serious drama that may open some new doors for the actor.

For all those who don't know, while the previous two Oscars were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, 2005 and 2016 Oscar ceremonies were emceed by comedian Chris Rock, and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres hosted in 2007 and 2014.

The evening usually begins with a light-hearted musical number, followed by a monologue poking gentle fun at the assembled nominees. "Academy and I were super bummed but maybe one day down the road", Dwayne said.

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ABC Entertainment PR and an Academy spokesperson confirmed the information to ABC News on Tuesday, months after Johnson's dear friend Kevin Hart stepped down as host.

"This time, ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke says the decision to go without a host was made "wisely" by the show's producers".

"Ironically, I have found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept them in the conversion", she said. "The mystery is really compelling. There are big popular movies being nominated". "We are not going to go straight into people thanking their agents". It was recently announced that Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell have all been added to the list of Oscars presenters at this year's ceremony, having all picked up awards last year. "We all got on board with that". "She promised to keep the February 24 telecast down to just three hours", Del Barco added.

She said the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars, had promised ABC last year to keep the telecast to three hours - about 30 minutes shorter than in recent years. The other thing to keep in mind is that Johnson and Hart, co-stars in both Jumanji and Central Intelligence, have a friendly rivalry going on in the public eye, usually over social media.

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