Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Oscars show to go hostless for only second time

ABC confirms host-free Oscars, says 'mystery' has stoked interest Oscars show to go hostless for only second time
Melody Ballard | 07 February, 2019, 03:30

Recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' official Twitter handle revealed the star-studded nominees class photo and almost all the nominees of this year had gathered for a celebratory luncheon.

On the same day that The Academy officially confirmed there will be no single host for the Oscars this year, actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has come forward to say he was initially the Academy's first choice to host the awards show.

Karey Burke told television reporters that the telecast would have "a pretty exciting opening" even without a host.

Burke also admitted going host-less for the Oscars made her nervous but said, "It no longer does".

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 producers, I think, wisely chose to not have the host and just have presenters and let the movies be the stars".

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"Award shows ratings are down across the board, so it is a challenge, and one that we have to keep very vigilant about, to make sure the show stays relevant and entertaining", she said.

"I have found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept the Oscars in the conversation and that the mystery has been really compelling".

"I think we are going to see a big turnout for this because these are big popular movies that have been nominated", she said.

The exec did not go into details on the actual ceremony, but shared that she and producers plan to meet later this week to discuss specifics on the telecast.

Burke addressed the fallout over Kevin Hart quickly exiting the hosting gig in December after old homophobic tweets resurfaced. "I chose to pass". I am evolving and want to continue to do so. "I've said where the rights and wrongs were".

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