Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

It´s official, Oscars will take place without a host

It´s official, Oscars will take place without a host

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed there will be no host for the 2019 Oscars.

The 2018 show drew a record-low 26.5 million people, a 20 percent drop from the 2017 show and the first time Oscar viewership dipped below 30 million, according to Nielsen records that go back to 1974.

The Oscars will officially have no host for its 2019 telecast.

While The Oscars will go on without a host this year, the first round of presenters have been announced.

The controversy about Hart's tweets comes after a hard few years for the Academy that have seen Envelopegate, the OscarsSoWhite campaign and the scrapping of a proposed popular film award category.

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"I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's.this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many wonderful talented artists", he tweeted, just two days after being announced as host.

"From blockbuster hits to intimate tales of the human spirit, the movies we celebrate at the Oscars connect us in a way that is both moving and powerful", said Karey Burke, President, ABC Entertainment. "We all got on board with that idea pretty quickly", Burke told reporters at the Television Critics Association meeting in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena.

The Oscars ceremony was left hostless after actor and comedian Kevin Hart pulled out in December following a backlash on social media over homophobic tweets he made several years ago resurfaced. "The mystery has been really compelling and people really care".

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will have a big presence at this year's Oscars, with Black Panther among the nominees for Best Picture and six other awards (here's our guide to watching all the contenders).

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