If some members of the Academy of Movement Photos Arts and Sciences — the group behind the Oscars — have their means, February’s ceremony re
If some members of the Academy of Movement Photos Arts and Sciences — the group behind the Oscars — have their means, February’s ceremony received’t have a bunch.
“Dump the host! Make the present two hours! Kill the opening quantity, lower all of the skits,” stated one. “That’s your rankings ticket.”
“It’s on the desk,” a second AMPAS member informed The Publish.
The uproar comes after comic Kevin Hart, 39, introduced he would now not be internet hosting the 2019 Oscars in February after GLAAD (Homosexual and Lesbian Alliance In opposition to Defamation) and different LGBTQ supporters referred to as out homophobic and anti-gay jokes he had tweeted as just lately as 2011.
Now, some Hollywood sources say the high-profile place shouldn’t be definitely worth the potential threat to status.
“We don’t encourage our shoppers to [host the Oscars] anymore,” stated one outstanding agent. “Each host will get picked aside by vultures.
“The job’s change into a lose-lose for everybody, and Hollywood’s lastly figured it out,” the agent added. “Massive stars have tons to lose. New ones don’t get rankings.”
It’s not the primary time the Academy Awards have been hit with controversy. In 2011, Eddie Murphy stepped down as host in solidarity with Brett Ratner, his producer for the present. Ratner, who final yr was additional tarnished in a #MeToo scandal through which he was accused by six girls of sexual assault, resigned from the Oscars simply months earlier than the ceremony, after he publicly joked “rehearsal is for f-gs” at a movie Q&A. (Ratner has denied the assault allegations.)
One supervisor who represents many comedians predicts it is going to be exhausting to discover a Hart alternative who’s past reproach. “Comics are equal-opportunity [joke tellers]: Jews, blacks, homosexual, straight. Political correctness shouldn’t be humorous. It’s exhausting to seek out somebody humorous and healthful.”
A longtime TV producer agreed: “If [the Academy] casts somebody younger, they received’t have skeletons, however they received’t get rankings. And anybody over 35 has one thing to cover.”
An Academy member confided that “Hart is what [we’re] on the lookout for: younger, black, humorous — and with 66 million Instagram followers. The Oscars have rankings and variety to consider.”
Hart initially refused to apologize for his previous tweets, saying in an Instagram video that he had addressed the matter earlier than and “I’m virtually 40 years outdated. When you don’t consider that folks change, develop, evolve as they become old, I don’t know what to let you know.”
He added of the Oscars fiasco: “We’re feeding the Web trolls and we reward them.” (After resigning, Hart issued a press release that learn partially, “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ group for my insensitive phrases from my previous.”)
Already on a year-to-year decline, Oscars’ 2018 rankings slipped by a precipitous 19 %. In October, the Academy tapped in style “Shakespeare in Love” producer Donna Gigliotti and veteran awards-show director Glenn Weiss with the precise objective of pumping up sagging rankings.
“There’s been sufficient Oscars controversy,” stated the primary AMPAS member, referring to each the #TimesUp wave that led to the expulsion of Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski and Invoice Cosby from the Academy, in addition to the big flub of “La La Land” being mistakenly introduced because the Finest Image winner in 2017, quite than precise champ “Moonlight.” Weiss and Gigliotti are seen as secure, sensible however enjoyable decisions: “That’s why they employed them.”
At the very least one supply at ABC, which airs the Oscars, believes the community ought to have extra enter into any new selection of host. “Networks take into consideration issues like vetting,” an ABC lawyer informed The Publish.
“We should always have much more enter, however the Academy regularly shuts us out.”
In the meantime, there’s more and more little purpose for stars to take the Oscar internet hosting gig. After helming the present in 2017, Jimmy Kimmel revealed he was paid simply $15,000. And celebrities together with James Franco, Anne Hathaway, Seth McFarlane, Neil Patrick Harris and Chris Rock have all been lambasted for his or her performances and sagging rankings in recent times. Amongst those that have reportedly turned down the job: Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld and Justin Timberlake. (Up to now, Busy Phillips and Ricky Gervais have thrown their hats within the ring for 2019.)