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Oscars show to go hostless for only second time

Hannah Rogers | 06 February, 2019, 02:32

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

Be sure to check out our sister site TV Guide for more on the 2019 Oscars, which will air live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24 starting at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET (or Monday Feb. 25 from 1 a.m. GMT/12 p.m. AEDT) from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Comedian Kevin Hart in December stepped down from hosting the Oscars, the film industry's most prestigious awards, after past homophobic tweets resurfaced.

ABC President Karey Burke spoke about the awards show during the ABC executive session at the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on Tuesday.

Despite the unconventional setup this year, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson called it an "important moment in Oscar history".

"After that, it was pretty clear that we were going to stay the course and just have presenters host the Oscars".

"I, ironically, have found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept the Oscars really in the conversation", she said. "The producers, I think, wisely made a decision to not have the host and just have presenters and let the movies be the stars".

Burke said she would hear details from the show producers later this week but said there were plans for "a pretty exciting opening" to the telecast.

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. Audiences have dropped in recent years with the 2018 show attracting just 26.5 million viewers, the smallest number ever.

We also look at some of the films you forgot were nominated like "At Eternity's Gate" (thanks to Willem Dafoe) and The Wife (the movie Glenn Close is winning all the awards for). "It's really compelling. People really care".

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