Kevin Hart is getting the "opportunity of a lifetime" as he's confirmed to host the 2019 Oscars

Kevin Hart is getting the "opportunity of a lifetime" as he's confirmed to host the 2019 Oscars

Kevin Hart is celebrating being given the “opportunity of a lifetime” by the Oscars.

The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle actor, who is next starring in awards season contender The Upside, announced on Instagram late on Tuesday (December 4) that he’d been chosen to host the 2019 Academy Awards.

Hart’s selection comes amid rampant reports in the Hollywood press that producers were having trouble finding anyone who wanted to follow this past year’s host Jimmy Kimmel, who saw ratings decline for the second year in a row as presenter.

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For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to. I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time….I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one. I appreciate the @TheAcademy for the opportunity ….now it’s time to rise to the occasion #Oscars

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For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to. I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable. I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time….I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one. I appreciate the @TheAcademy for the opportunity ….now it’s time to rise to the occasion #Oscars

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“For years, I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same…I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it’s suppose to (sic),” he wrote.

“I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time….To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced that stage is unbelievable.

“I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. I want to thank my family/friends/fans for supporting me & riding with me all this time….I will be sure to make this years Oscars a special one. I appreciate the @TheAcademy for the opportunity ….now it’s time to rise to the occasion.”

The 90th annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 on ABC.

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