Despite Fear of Ratings Dropping, The Oscars Hostless Show was One Of The Most Successful in Years

Matthew Brady

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The 91st Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards, better known as The Oscars,  premiered on February 24th, 2019 without the one thing most award shows rely on to survive: a host. Following a rollercoaster of apology, tweet finding, and interview after interview, Kevin Hart finally stepped down as host of The Oscars, not to many people’s surprise but to many people’s chagrin. The internet did as it always does with controversy and celebrities, spread it around like butter on a warm roll without fact checking and potentially ruining a successful actor’s career based on old tweets.

The instance I’m speaking of is that during the early 2010’s Kevin Hart make some pretty tasteless jokes about homosexuality and he was forced to apologize a few years later in 2014 and 2015 after gaining more success in both comedy and film. When it was announced that he was chosen as the host for this years Oscars, the internet forgot the deja vu that had happened a few years prior and took to social media again to call him a homophobe, which he in turn pressed back against repeatedly to remind people that not only had he has apologised before but that he no longer shares those views that those old tweets represent and that he is a changed person.

Even though Kevin held this stance for some time, he eventually made the mature decision to step down, not because he felt pressured, but because he didn’t want all the attention he was getting to distract from the Oscars and those who were being nominated for their achievement and hard work. So, the Oscars decided that with so little time to hire, write for, and make sure a host was ready for the show they decided to go without one, something that hasn’t happened since 1998 and involved Rob Lowe singing with Snow White which equated to a very unsuccessful show. Despite many things people said would keep them from watching the show, like the lack of host and presenting “less interesting” awards during commercial breaks it had some pros too. The skits in between awards were shorter and more interesting, and more funny in my opinion, the speeches were shorter, and the overall show was shorter.

I think that’s what a lot of people who have tuned out over the past few years have wanted. Less filler and more actual awarding. This not only boosted ratings, but saved the Oscars reputation in a lot of people’s eyes and though it hasn’t been fully redeemed yet, it’s certainly on the right path.

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