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US comedian Kevin Hart to host Oscars

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US comedian and actor Kevin Hart announced on Tuesday that he would be hosting the 91st Academy Awards in February.

[LOS ANGELES] US comedian and actor Kevin Hart announced on Tuesday that he would be hosting the 91st Academy Awards in February.

"For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same...," Hart wrote in an Instagram post. "I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it's supposed to.

"I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars."

The "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" star will be hosting the glitzy event after talk show host Jimmy Kimmel held the gig for two consecutive years.

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Hart will be facing pressure to boost audience ratings for the annual show that will be held on February 24 in Hollywood and which had an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers last year, compared to 43 million in 2014.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has said that it was introducing a number of changes to improve viewership, including shortening the show to three hours and handing out some of the awards during commercial breaks.

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