The first Oscars ceremony without a host in 30 years

Shayna Tilles, Centerspread Editor

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It’s early 2019, which means it is the awards season. It also means that the most coveted awards show, the Oscars, is taking place. Millions of viewers tune into the show and watch their favorite films of the previous year take home the golden statue. This year, many films and their stars made the headlines for their performances.
Films like Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther and A Star Is Born all experienced major box office revenue prior to their nominations, with Black Panther already being the highest grossing superhero movie. Roma and The Favourite led the nominations, each earning 10 nods, including Best Picture.
Along with the anticipated nominations, the Oscars has stirred up some of its own news. It was announced that there will be four categories that won’t be aired on television. The decision was made in order to have the run-time for the awards show last roughly three hours long. However, nominees whose awards are given out during commercial breaks are upset that their accomplishments won’t be aired to the public.
This year’s Oscars will mark as Glenn Close’s seventh nomination for Best Actress, securing the nod for her role in The Wife. Lady Gaga earned her first nomination for her acclaimed role in A Star Is Born. The category has become competitive with fellow nominees Yalitza Aparicio, Olivia Colman and Melissa McCarthy. The Best Actor category is filled with critically acclaimed actors including the likes of Christian Bale and Willem Dafoe. Rami Malek nabbed his first Oscar nod for his performance in the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
The most notabable piece of news the Oscars has created is it’s lack of host. Originally, comedian Kevin Hart was set to host. However, after the resurface of homophobic tweets, his position as host was taken away. He had the choice to either apologize for the tweets or not host. He chose not to apologize because he felt that we would be giving internet trolls what they wanted. Instead of having one formal host, there are going to be many presenters that will lead the opening monologue and the rest of the show.