Since at least 2015, Kevin Hart has let the universe know that he really wants to host the Oscars.
"I would just seize the opportunity," he told the Los Angeles Times.
The following year, he told the New York Times that he believed his moment was "sooner than later." would happen.
That is true two years later. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday that Hart will organize the 91st Oscars ceremony on 24 February. The announcement led to praise from previous hosts of the annual broadcast.
Jimmy Kimmel, who organized the ceremony last year, tweeted that the Academy made an excellent choice & # 39; and said that Hart would kill it as a host & # 39 ;. Chris Rock repeated a joke from his monologue at the 2016 Oscars: "Damn, I lost another job to Kevin Hart", he wrote on Instagram. "They have the best person for the job."
Are they right? Here are five reasons Heart is an obvious choice for the performance – and a reason he is not.
1. He has name recognition.
As a comedian, Hart has sold huge arena's, including Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, home stadium that houses more than 69,000 seats. In 2016, he topped Forbes & # 39; list of best paid comedians.
He is also a huge box office draw, dating back to his early stand-up tour films, including 2011 Laugh at My Pain, which debuted in the top 10 of the week of its release. With a role in the Think Like a Man franchise and comedies, including & # 39; About Last Night & # 39 ;, & # 39; Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle & # 39; and the recent "Night School", along with Tiffany Haddish, Hart has become a household name.
2. He (really!) Wants the job.
Hours before the academy announced that Hart would organize next year's ceremony, the Hollywood Reporter published an article about the eternal struggle to establish a host for the broadcast, which has struggled in recent years to combat falling viewing figures.
According to THR, a large number of notables, including Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld, were not invited to organize the ceremony.
Writer Stephen Galloway described the discouraging task of the Oscars host to appeal to multiple interests:
Now the host is expected to increase the ratings, which means he or she must have a broad name recognition; must be funny (without being neat), current (without being controversial), politically savvy (without being too party-bound), young (but not so young to scare the directors of the Academy) and satisfying for a coalition of competing interests, including the Academies. president, his outstretched plate and ABC – not to mention Donna Gigliotti, who was named in October to produce and where veteran director Glenn Weiss will join.
Heart's name came to the fore in the piece, which noted that the comedian is funny without being tasteless & # 39 ;.
By Monday evening it was announced that Hart had earned the performance. In an Instagram message, the comedian called it & # 39; the chance of a lifetime.
"I'm just blown away because this has long been a goal on my list," he added.
3. He has experience in hosting large prize ceremonies.
The comedy of Hart is known for its energy, making it a host country for Hollywood prize-giving ceremonies that can reach beyond their peak. His assets in the past include the 2011 BET Awards and multiple MTV Video Music Awards ceremonies, starting with the 2012 VMAs. He joined forces with Haddish to co-host this year's ceremony, likening the edgy event (and the tweets it inspires) to "a typical day at the White House".
"In your face, Trump – suck it!" He added.
4. Hollywood loves him.
Hart plays in the Dolby Theater in February for a friendly crowd.
He parodied his reputation as one of the most sympathetic members of the actors' industry in Real House Husbands of Hollywood, who followed Hart when he followed the elite social circles of Los Angeles with famous friends including Nick Cannon, Duane Martin and JB Smoove.
But Hart's celebrity network goes far beyond the BET comedy. VH1 once called him the Taylor Swift or Male Celebrities & # 39 ;, a title that supported it with photos from Hart that hang out with people like Dwyane Wade, Drake, Taraji P. Henson, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Idris Elba and, well, you get the picture.
5. He is a fresh face.
In recent years, many hosts of the Oscars ceremony – including Kimmel, Rock and Ellen DeGeneres, who hosted in 2007 and in 2014 – have made repeat choices.
And for a broadcast publicly announced because of the lack of diversity, it is important that Hart is also one of the few black stars to organize the ceremony. The short list includes Rock, four-time host Whoopi Goldberg and the late Richard Pryor, who hosted in 1977 and 1983.
And the only reason he does not make sense is when the Oscars of next year are hosting:
After years marred by controversy – from #OscarsSoWhite to Rock & # 39; s widely criticized Asian joke during the 2016 ceremony (not to mention the infamous flub that unjustly announced "La La Land" as the best photo winner of 2017 instead from "Moonlight"), it is a safe bet that the academy wants to avoid controversy during the coming ceremony. In that sense, Hart may not be the man for the job.
Hart recently came under fire after photo's of his son's "Cowboys and Indians" party were posted on Instagram – on Thanksgiving and no less. And he was criticized in the past for a comic comedy, including his monstue from the & # 39; Saturday Night Live & # 39; 2017, where pleasure was pleaded for role patterns in parenting. Hart, who hosted the NBC sketch comedy show for the third time, said he gave the honor to women before & # 39; create structure & # 39; in the lives of their children, enumerating responsibilities, including swimming, feeding and transporting children to and from school.
"But the only thing you are not … is fun: you've never heard anyone say I can not wait to come home and play with my mom," joked Hart, quickly reprimanded social media from viewers who called the monologue sexist and outdated. "It did not help that Hart recently admitted that he was cheating against his then-pregnant wife, Eniko Parrish, whom he married in 2016.
As IndieWire points out, one of Hart's most controversial jokes came back when he was announced as an Oscar host.
"One of my biggest fears is that my son grows up and is gay, that's a fear," he said in the 2010 special "Seriously Funny." "Keep in mind that I'm not homophobic, I have nothing against gay & # 39 ; s, do what you want to do, but I, a heterosexual male, if I can prevent my son being gay, I do. & # 39;
Hart addressed the backlash in an interview in 2015 with Rolling Stone. "It's about my fear, I think of what I did as a father, did I do something wrong, and if I did, what was it? Not that I will not love my son or think about him, & # 39; Heart said, adding that the joke was about his own insecurities & # 39 ;.
But Hart said the joke was written for another time.
"I would not tell that joke today, because when I said it, times were not as sensitive as now, and I think we'd like to close big deals on things that are not necessarily big deals because we can," he said. "These things become public spectacles, so why would you put yourself for failure? & # 39;
Jimmy Kimmel may be the conscience of America, but he will still do anything to laugh.