It was just yesterday that The Hollywood Reporter said that nobody wants to host the Oscars on February 24, 2019. Clearly there’s someone brave enough to take one for the team and accept what THR called the “least wanted job in Hollywood,” and it’s Kevin Hart.
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were sitting around brainstorming new ways to make the Oscars hip and cool for the youths of today, they should have been making a list of potential hosts. Because the Oscars are on February 24, 2019 and a host still hasn’t been announced.
Last month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president John Bailey sent out a memo announcing some major changes to the Academy Awards. Along with a shorter ceremony and moving the air date, they decided they would attempt to get more viewers by introducing a new category to honor popular film. Well, that’s definitely not happening this year, or possibly any year after that. Poor Mark Wahlberg; he was just so close to getting an Oscar.
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced last week that they planned to shorten the Oscars ceremony and add an award for outstanding achievement in popular film, it was met with a mixed response. Some were thrilled at the idea of Batman tripping up to the stage, grasping his Oscar, and growling, “You like me, you really like me.” But most weren’t. However, Mark Wahlberg is super-psyched about it.
Everyone’s biggest gripe about the Oscars is usually how it takes 45 years to get to Meryl Streep feigning shock at being nominated for the millionth time for Best Actress. Well, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has heard the cries and are shortening the ceremony to strict three hours…at the expense of a few of the underwhelming categories. Best Documentary Short Subject, you in danger, gurl! They’ve also decided to desperately grasp for ratings by honoring movies that were popular. So Marvel should go ahead and rent a warehouse for all the Oscars they’re going to get.
Ryan Reynolds has milked a lot of mileage out of Deadpool. He won the 2016 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor in a Comedy, two MTV Movie Awards, got himself a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was nominated for a Golden Globe. But what Ryan really wants is an Oscar nomination. Oh, how Ryan would love to hear the words “Academy Award-nominated actor Ryan Reynolds” in all upcoming movie trailers.