Oscars to go without host for first time in 30 years

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Earlier this week, a diverse array of Oscars presenters were announced including Whoopi Goldberg, Tessa Thompson and Awkwafina.

In December, Comedian Kevin Hart pulled out from hosting the ceremony following a controversy over homophobic tweets.

While The Oscars will go on without a host this year, the first round of presenters have been announced.

Variety reported in January that for the fist time in almost three decades, the Academy will televise the show with no host, instead utilising a handful of famous faces to present different segments. To help honor the incredible slate of Oscars 2019 nominees-from blockbusters to independent films-and embrace the diversity of the global movie-going audience, 13 stars were added to the list of presenters.

She said the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars, had promised ABC last year to keep the telecast to three hours - about 30 minutes shorter than in recent years.

The controversy about Hart's tweets comes after a hard few years for the Academy that have seen Envelopegate, the OscarsSoWhite campaign and the scrapping of a proposed popular film award category.

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The Oscars will officially have no host for its 2019 telecast.

The Oscars ceremony will not have an official host this year, the president of ABC Entertainment, which broadcasts the ceremony, said on Tuesday.

Burke also lauded the movie academy's pledge to keep the ceremony to three hours, avoiding the overtime that can drain off viewers.

A number of Academy Awards ceremony have had no host.

"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".

The 91st Oscars will be held LIVE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24 8e|5p on ABC.

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