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The 2020 Oscars May Again Remain Hostless

The 2020 Oscars May Again Remain Hostless

The winners of the 2019 Oscars may have been rather disappointing, but at least the same can’t be said about the ceremony. Overall it was quite enjoyable, ran briskly and without a hitch, and maintained an even pace. This was all due to one factor: no host, and it’s a format that the Academy may repeat next year.

The fact that the 91st annual Academy Awards were hostless happened by accident after Kevin Hart stepped down due to years-old homophobic tweets. Instead of scrambling to find a new one, ABC decided to move forward without a host—a risky undertaking considering the last time that happened it resulted in a disastrous ceremony. If you haven’t already seen it, be sure to check out our feature video about it below.

But when the 2019 Oscars ceremony aired, it was the opposite: smooth, clean, efficient. And most importantly, it was brisk. No overlong bits, no drawn-out monologues. Which is why ABC head Karey Burke said that the network is considering going host-less again next year. She told The Hollywood Reporter:

“We’re having those conversations with the Academy right now. We are extremely happy with how the show went. Odds are you’ll see us repeating what we consider to be a successful formula.”

“It was unnerving,” Burke added. “Never before have I had the illusion of so much responsibility and yet felt quite powerless. If the Oscars can serve as a harbinger to how we approach things in my tenure here at ABC, I will be very happy. Expectations might be low but everybody here made bold choices, did risky things, had each other’s backs and pulled it off.”

It isn’t often the Academy gets positive reviews (and a slight ratings bump) for the Oscars, so going forward we’re willing to bet they stick to the age old adage, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

In this episode of our Rewind series, we do a deep dive on the disastrous 1989 Oscars, which is considered the worst Academy Awards telecast ever.

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