Hosting the Oscars is a thankless job. Yes, it is still a huge platform watched by millions of people. But everyone stops to see if the host makes them laugh, and the host has to deal with an excessive format that makes it far from easy.
So it's a relief that Kevin Hart has accepted the solo performance. If someone can manage to be the main raffle for an event where viewers are getting more and more in the background, it's him. The comedian announced on Instagram that he will be the MC of the 2019 Oscars, aired on ABC on February 24th and described as "the chance of a lifetime" he dreamed of for a long time.
History shows us that the comics fare better than others (Chris Rock and Jmmy Kimmel both passed the test, James Franco and Anne Hathaway … not like that very), and Hart is a first-class stand-up act. But he is also much more: a true A-list movie star with a huge following who will hopefully boost viewership for the ailing Oscars, and a consummate host, as he proved in his comic web series Cold as Balls has in which he freezes his ass in ice baths with professional athletes. Organizing an awards ceremony is not exactly like interviewing celebrities, but a bit of natural banter makes a long way.
Hart has shown time and time again that he is ready to make fun of himself, and he will not bring the Oscars to the fore and do the ceremony around him, but he will almost certainly be the cause to wake up late.
In addition, since Hart had weighed things down, chances were heightened by 1,000 percent that his friend Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would make a cameo so they could fry each other. This is an irresistible television.