For nearly three decades, the highly anticipated Oscar Awards have been fronted by a host and following Kevin Hart’s decision to step down from the role, The Academy are reinventing its 2019 telecast. For the first time since 1989, one of the biggest evenings in film will continue without a host, rather a slew of Hollywood A-listers to share the role, including a reunion of the Avengers cast.
You heard correctly. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, while the ceremony will rely on a rotating roster of celebrities to introduce each segment – think nominees including Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga – the shows producers are gathering up the Avengers cast for an on-screen reunion. With a growing list of stars being added to every film in the franchise, it could be the hero needed, to save the night.
It is not the first time the idea has been executed however. In 2013, following the success of the first Avenger’s film the year before, the likes of Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) were featured on-stage. Coinciding with the release of Avengers: Endgame in April, it could be the perfect cross promotion for both the ABC network and Disney.
Additionally, the Oscars announced the inclusion of a ‘Popular Films’ category, giving Marvel and DC films a wider opportunity to snatch up an award.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar Awards will air on February 26. Stay tuned for further developments.