Hollywood is all set to host its biggest night, The Academy Awards. However, the 2019 Oscars will officially have no host for the first time in 30 years. Comedian Kevin Hart who was to host the mega event this year, stepped down in December from hosting the Oscars after past homophobic tweets resurfaced.
Gala organizers who have been struggling to overcome a steady decline in viewership scrambled to find a replacement but finally settled for a ceremony with no emcee. Variety reported earlier that the Oscars will instead recruit stars for various roles in place of “one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers.”
On Monday, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced its first slate of presenters, including Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg and Brie Larson. Also among the 13 stars are Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lopez, Amandla Stenberg and Awkwafina.
Chris Evans, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu will also take the Oscar stage as presenters. The last time the Oscars did not have a host was in 1989. The Oscars will air live on Feb. 24