We told you nearly a month ago that it was looking like the Oscars would be going hostless for the first time in three decades. It wasn’t ~confirmed~ at the time, but the sources seemed pretty convinced.
Well, now we know for sure that the 2019 Oscars will be without a host. On Monday, an Academy spokesperson confirmed that this year’s ceremony will not have an official host. Instead, multiple celebrities will join together to keep the show moving.
“Charlize Theron, Awkwafina, Jennifer Lopez, Tessa Thompson, Brie Larson, Daniel Craig, Tina Fey, and more were also announced Monday as among the presenters chosen to presumably carry some extra on-camera duties this year due to the hostlessness.”
It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how it all plays out. My guess is they do some big production to start the show with multiple celebrities, then have one big name celebrity kinda get everyone fired up, and then move straight to the awards. After the first 10-15 minutes, it’s pretty easy to go on without a host. They just have to figure out how to make the introduction work.
The 2019 Oscars will air live on ABC February 24, 2019.