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Kevin Hart has officially confirmed that he will be hosting the esteemed Oscars awards next year, saying that it's time "to rise to the occasion."

The 91st Academy Awards will take place on February 24, with nominations are set for January 22, and the internet has been rife with guesses over who the next host would be.

The Academy and Hart both confirmed on social media that it was time for the comedian to take up the mantle, after he previously said that he would get the gig in due time; "it will happen when it’s supposed to.”

Looks like that time is now, Kevin.


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Writing on his Instagram, the comedy veteran wrote;

“For years I have been asked if I would ever host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian…"

He continued; “I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars.”

The Academy were quick to confirm it through their Twitter;

Hart described exactly how much the experience means to him, despite The Hollywood Reporter describing it as the least wanted gig in town;

"I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time … To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced this stage is unbelievable," Hart wrote.

"I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now."

Veteran producer Donna Gigliotti and Hollywood director Glenn Weiss have also been named as co-producers for this year's ceremony on ABC.


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Academy president John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson along with the new producing team have pledged to shorten the show in the face of dropping ratings.

Hart, as one of the Hollywood’s top comedians and comedic actors, could be important for broadening their reach; especially after the race controversy which has taken hold over the coveted award ceremony.

The Oscars have been hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the last two years, and produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd.

One thing is certain, Hart will be putting everything he has to give the audience the best time possible; "I will be sure to make sure this years Oscars are a special one."


This year's Oscars ceremony was one of the most talked about in quite a while, from that announcement blunder to the show stopping red carpet dresses.

While everyone was focusing on the La La Land/Moonlight mix-up, one Iranian TV broadcaster was focusing on something else entirely.

Charlize Theron was involved in announcing the award for Best Foreign Language Film, but her dress was apparently deemed inappropriate for Iranian television.


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The TV producers at ILNA TV decided to photoshop an odd, lumpy black turtle neck top onto Charlize to censor her body.

The digitally engineered garment covered up her neck, chest and arms. 

When then cameras moved and panned, the producers simply covered Charlize up entirely with a pixilated rectangle. 

Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari accepted the award for Best Foreign Language Film on behalf of director Asghar Farhadi, who was boycotting the awards in protest of Trump's US immigration ban. 

Anousheh, who was dressed very modestly, still didn't make the cut, and had the sliver of shoulder that was visible in her dress censored as well. 

"This is the Islamic Republic of Iran which forces girls as young as age seven to be covered up," reads a caption on the video, uploaded by My Stealthy Freedom, a women's rights group that campaigns for Iranian women to secure the right to choose to wear the hijab. 

"While many of us, including Americans, are expressing our opposition to Trump’s Muslim ban, we also have to be louder and clearer about our condemnation of Islamic Republic of Iran’s ban on women who can’t enter Iran without hijab."

"Women from all religions and cultures, many of whom are flogged and imprisoned inside Iran for not wearing ‘proper hijab."




Ah lads. There was something in the water at last night's Oscars if the latest report emerging Stateside is anything to go by.

While the industry is likely still recovering from the now infamous Best Picture gaffe, a leading Australian movie producer named Jan Chapman is reportedly devastated to have been featured in the award show's In Memoriam montage.

Intending to pay tribute to the late Janet Patterson, a four-time Oscar nominee who passed away in 2015, the academy accidentally ran a photo of her friend and colleague Jan Chapman.

Issuing a statement following the unfortunate error, Jan said: "I was devastated by the use of my image in place of my great friend and long-time collaborator Janet Patterson."

"I had urged her agency to check any photograph which might be used and understand that they were told that the Academy had it covered," she asserted.

Paying tribute to her peer, Jan continued: "Janet was a great beauty and four-time Oscar nominee and it is very disappointing that the error was not picked up."

Lest there be any further confusion, Jan added: "I am alive and well and an active producer."

The In Memoriam tribute film featured stars including Carrie Fisher, Prince and Debbie Reynolds.



Below is everything you need to know about the Oscars nominations this year. No surprises really, so now we can look forward to Ellen’s hilarious turn at presenting!

Best Picture

  • American Hustle
  • Nebraska
  • Captain Phillips
  • Philomena
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Gravity
  • Wolf of Wall Street
  • Her

Actor in a leading role

  • Christian Bale
  • Bruce Dern
  • Leonardo Di Caprio
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Chiwetel Ejiofar

Actress in a leading role

  • Amy Adams
  • Judi Dench
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Meryl Streep

Actor in a supporting role

  • Barkhead Abdi
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Jonah Hill
  • Jared Leto

Actress in a supporting role

  • Sally Hawkins
  • Julia Roberts
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • June Squibb
  • Lupita Nyong’o

Some big names in the Animations category too with Frozen, Despicable Me 2 and The Croods receiving nods.