Comedian Kevin Hart will host the next Academy Awards ceremony in February 2019, the “Ride Along” actor said in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars and normally announces the host, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Hart, 39, who also starred in 2017 film “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” follows talk show host Jimmy Kimmel who took on the gig in 2018 and 2017.
The job of hosting the Oscars is one of the most prestigious but also the most difficult in show business as hosts have to navigate the expectations of the A-list audience in the theater and millions tuning in on television, with a combination of topical and insider jokes.
Oscar nominations will be announced on January 22 next year, with the televised ceremony taking place LIVE in Hollywood on February 24.