(AllHipHop News) The comedian that got his start as the star of Paper Soldiers, Death of a Dynasty, and Soul Plane will take on one of the most coveted gigs in Hollywood. Kevin Hart is hosting the Academy Awards for the first time.
"I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time," Hart wrote on Instagram. "To be able to join the legendary list of [hosts] that have graced this stage is unbelievable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now." He added, "I will be sure to make sure this [year's] Oscars are a special one."
Hart follows Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, Johnny Carson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Lemon, Jerry Lewis, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Sammy Davis Jr., Richard Pryor, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel, and others as Oscar masters of ceremonies. The 91st Academy Awards is scheduled for February 24, 2019.
The nominations will be announced on January 22. A Star Is Born, Roma, Green Book, Black Panther, Vice, The Favourite, BlacKkKlansman, Widows, and If Beale Street Could Talk are among the contenders for nods in the Best Picture category.