There's a lot of speculations around the 2019 event - particularly given that it brags one the most unusual Best Picture awrds in history. Yet, when the Hollywood glitterati gathered for the 91st Academy Awards, maybe the greatest puzzle of all won't concern any of the honors.
Rather, we'll be anticipating the result of the months-long dramatization encompassing the Academy's fruitless journey to discover a host for the event, and ensuing sudden decision of not having no host for the event.
The Academy initially reported in December that Kevin Hart had acknowledged the gig, just for Hart to rapidly wind up entangled in open reaction over old homophobic jokes he'd made. Purportedly pressed by the Academy to apologize, Hart at that point altered his opinion about hosting the event and retreated, expressing on Twitter that he didn't need debate around him to be a diversion from the honors themselves.
“I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” he wrote.