Now that comedian Kevin Hart has officially said he’s out, that’s it, he’s done with the prospect of being Oscars host, we can wait patiently for the nominations to be announced on Jan. 22 for the hostless ceremony on Feb. 24.
The last time the ceremony went without a host was in 1989 – and it has been called a debacle. That was the year the show opened with actor Rob Lowe singing a rewritten “Proud Mary’ aside Snow White. Let’s just say, Disney wasn’t happy. We’re hopeful that in 30 years they’ve figured out a way to make it work.
To add some “extra special” star power to the night, Variety is reporting that the show’s producers are trying to assemble The Avengers on stage. That would be a nice move because it’s doubtful we’ll see that cast together again after “Avengers: Endgame’ premieres on Apri 26. Well, at least until desperation sets in and they start becoming staples at Comic Con. So bring on Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Mark Ruffalo etc., etc.
There are a few sites offering wagers on which movie or actor and actress that will take home the prize, but without the actual nominations it’s like throwing spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks.
And after going from frontrunner to near shut-out at the Golden Globes, we are eager to see what does stick regarding Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born.’ Our fingers are still crossed for Sam Elliott to be nominated for his role as the supportive brother to Cooper’s falling-star singer.
Hard to believe Elliott hasn’t ever been nominated – did they not see “Lifeguard?’
Bovada does have some prop bets that could whet your whistle while waiting for the official nominations:
How many times will “Trump’ be mentioned on stage?
- Over 1½ times -200
- Under 1½ times +150
The movie-making industry always has been known to be liberal and outspoken. With 2019 beginning with the government shutdown and the Mueller investigation seemingly coming to an end plus the issues of family separation at the border, wildfires in California, climate change and so on, it’s a safe bet that 45’s name is going to come up.
Our pick: Over 1½ times
How long will the ABC official broadcast last?
- Over 3 hours 15 minutes -120
- Under 3 hours 15 minutes -120
In August, the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences approved changes to the “traditional’ Oscar ceremony format with the goal of retaining viewers, especially those who cut out because the show is “boring’ and too long. The board is “committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours.”
It’s nice to be committed, but with 24 awards to hand out and thank-yous encompass everyone the winner knows, plus the previously mentioned mentions of President Trump, they’d be lucky if it’s only 3½ hours. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the academy is going to employ the Tony Award “model’ of giving out some awards during commercial breaks and then providing edited clips scattered through the broadcast. Obviously, the “biggies’ will be handed out live, but others (we’re looking at you sound-editing, sound mixing and best hairstyling) not so much. There is obvious outrage from those represented in categories deemed “lower profile.’
No confirmation this will occur this year but it’s a start. Plus, they’re already saving a good 15 minutes at the top with no host, but still, we’re skeptical.
Our pick: Over 3 hours and 15 minutes
Will any winners be bleeped during their acceptance speech during the broadcast?
- Yes EVEN
- No -140
There have been many bleep-worthy moments on the Oscars telecast, including almost-host Kevin Hart whose last few lines of a heartfelt diversity commentary while introducing the singer Weekend in 2016 were censored. I don’t think we ever learned what he said.
Best Supporting Actress winner, Patricia Arquette, let slip an expletive while unfolding her acceptance speech, which included a call for wage equity. She won for “Boyhood.’ Another moment that actually slipped by the censors was in 2011 when Melissa Leo let an F-bomb rip while accepting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “The Fighter.’
Our pick: Does a bear BLEEP in the woods?