Oscars to go ‘host-less’ after Kevin Hart controversy

Kevin Hart starred in blockbuster sequel of the adventure film “Jumanji.” (File/AFP)
Updated 22 February 2019
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Oscars to go ‘host-less’ after Kevin Hart controversy

  • Kevin Hart dropped out as host amid controversies on his past homophobic remarks
  • The awards night will be held on Feb. 24, with the list of nominees to be released on Jan. 22

DUBAI: For the first time since 1989, the much-anticipated Oscars will have no host this year, after Kevin Hart pulled out of the gig three days after being announced the American actor-comedian would be emcee at the awards night.

After weeks of speculation from critics and fans, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will go ahead with the ceremony on February 24 without a replacement for Hart, insiders told entertainment magazine Variety.  

Hart dropped out as awards host after the Academy asked him to apologize for his past homophobic remarks that resurfaced online.

The “Jumanji” star, who was seen to help boost the Oscars’ viewership by hosting the event, refused to apologize, saying “there's no more conversation about it ... I'm over that, I'm over the moment,” in an interview with American TV network ABC.

According to reports, producers of the awards show will delegate the role of emcee to a selected group of celebrity A-listers who will introduce various segments.

Cast members of the Marvel superhero movie “Avengers” are among the celebrities the producers are eyeing for, according to US-based entertainment website The Hollywood Reporter.

Oscar nominations will be released on Jan. 22, a month ahead of one of the biggest nights in the film industry.


Jordan Peele dares everyone to look at the horrors of ‘Us’

Updated 20 March 2019
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Jordan Peele dares everyone to look at the horrors of ‘Us’

  • “Us” is about an American family and their murderous doppelgangers
  • It stars Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o and “Black Panther” breakout Winston Duke in dual roles

LOS ANGELES: Jordan Peele’s new horror film “Us” isn’t about race, but he knows why people think it is.
“Us” is about an American family and their murderous doppelgangers and stars Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o and “Black Panther” breakout Winston Duke in dual roles.
Peele says that he understands why people would see a story with a black family at its core as a commentary on race, both inside and beyond the entertainment industry. But he says he wants people to expand their expectations.
He also wants people not to slap too many labels on “Us,” calling it a straight up horror movie.
In “Us,” out nationwide Friday, Peele says the evil is in everyone.