What Exactly is Happening with the 2019 Oscars?


Chaz Young, Staff Writer

Oscar Sunday is fast approaching. On February 24th, the biggest and most glamour award ceremony of the year will be herethe Oscars will be broadcast live on the ABC network. Celebrating Hollywood’s best for the three hour long event. The annual ceremony set of awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry, given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It is to recognize the excellence in cinematic achievements. However, this year’s Oscars comes with much controversy. 

In late December, potential candidate Kevin Hart, best known for his acting and comedian roles on and off screen was supposed to be the host. Hart expressed it was his dream to come and host the Oscars, but after media attention showcased his inappropriate comments on the LGBTQ+ community regarding his son, Hart stepped down from the hosting position. The Academy suggested that Hart apologize once again for his comments, however, Hart expressed that he had apologize enough and said that it would be okay on his part to withdraw himself from hostingsaying he didn’t want the spotlight on him for something that happened years ago. 

This is the first award ceremony in decades to not have a host to present the show, after other potential candidates didn’t come-up good enough for the committee to this year’s show. The Oscars this year also features more of a diversity in the nominations for Best Motion Picture.Black Panther which was nominated for Best Motion Picture was criticized for the lack of in-depth structure it details, among the other movies that are nominated. 

This year‘s ceremony also faces speculationconsidering last year‘s awards ceremony in ratings was the lowest ever in history, so fingers are crossed on both side of the aisles that this year’s Oscars pulls off better ratings among the diversity in shows and actors nominated in the process. The 91st Academy Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best films of 2018. 

The ceremony will be held on February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The show is being produced by Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss, with Weiss also serving as director. 

It will be the first ceremony in three decades, since the 61st Academy Awards in 1989, to be conducted with no host. Sunday is about to get a whole lot better for one of the biggest nights of the year.