What happens when the Oscars forego a host?
No, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey did not host the 2019 Oscars. They did, however, open the 2019 Oscars with a light and funny run-through of all of the nominees for the evening. Many viewers wonder, “Why didn’t they host?”
Rumors originally slotted Kevin Hart as hosting the 2019 Oscars. However, these rumors sparked a controversy over social media as netizens brought up Hart’s past homophobic tweets and comments that should disqualify him to host such an honored event. After responding to comments and addressing the rumors, he said that he would not be hosting the Oscars (just a month before the event). Did this push the Oscars into a corner or were they breaking from the tradition?
The Oscars went relatively as planned. So what did the Oscars lack? In absence of a host, the Oscars felt less unified. Presenters had their own agendas and their own skits, but there was nothing really to tie it together. What viewers got instead was a mashup of acts and stand-alone snippets, which was more appropriate for social media and less so for TV. Melissa McCarthy presented best costume in a COSTUME! A great show with great comedic relief, but no one to bring the entire event together, no one to set the tone.
The variety of topics and discussion ranges widely and there was no expectations set. It was a series of surprises and for some, it may have felt disjointed. With any great stage production, there are scene changes and set-up to keep the audience engaged. Without the host this year, I felt like I was watching highlight moments on social media. There was no incentive for me to sit down and spend 3 hours watching the Oscars.
The Oscars has been a time where movie watchers and film enthusiasts are able to recollect the past year’s movie and congratulate the achievements of film. It is a part of film culture. This year, it lacked presence. Could it be because of the domination of commercials? Is TV moving towards shorter, faster, cinematic moments? What will happen to recorded live stage productions?