Another Surprising Way the 2019 Oscars are Breaking From Tradition

There’s less than a month to go before the 2019 Academy Awards, and instead of talking about the movies and the performance, we’re all dumbfounded there won’t be a host. The Academy tagged comedian Kevin Hart as host, but he backed out after some controversial tweets came to light. The 2019 Oscars are breaking tradition in another surprising way, but it’s one you might not have known about until now.

Why no one wants to host the Oscars in 2019

Kevin Hart at CinemaCon 2016
Kevin Hart won’t host the 2019 Oscars, and producers aren’t trying to find a replacement. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Oscars producers could have scrambled to find a host to replace Kevin Hart, but they seemed more content to leave the gig vacant. That might not be such a good idea.

When the 1989 Academy Awards didn’t have a host, it was nothing short of a disaster. The show opened with a terrible musical number featuring Rob Lowe and Snow White, and things only got worse from there.

We’re surprised Hart agreed to host in the first place. It takes a lot of planning and practicing to host the show, and in the end, the hosts barely make five figures for their efforts.

Without anyone hosting the show, plan on seeing various celebrities introduce segments throughout the night.

The other way the 2019 Oscars are breaking from tradition

Gary Oldman
It seems like Gary Oldman and 2018’s other best actors won’t present at the 2019 Oscars. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

So we know the Academy Awards won’t have a host, but the 2019 Oscars are breaking another tradition. The 2018 winners in the acting categories — Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand for best actor and actress, and Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney for their supporting roles — won’t present the 2019 winners of those awards.

The Oscars usually has the previous year’s winner of each acting category present the current award in the opposite category. So Oldman, 2018’s best actor, would be presenting the statue for best actress at the 2019 Oscars. None of those four have been officially announced as presenters, according to Variety. That could change in the end, but the closer to get to the show date, the less likely it seems that they’ll walk the stage.

Snubbing the 2018 acting winners might not be among the most shocking Oscars moments of all time, but it’s not far off.

Allison Janney’s reaction is exactly what you’d expect

Allison Janney might be shut out from presenting at the 2019 Oscars.
Allison Janney is heartbroken about not being asked to present at the Oscars. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

When she found out she might not get to present at the 2019 Oscars, Janney didn’t hesitate to let the Academy know what she thinks of the decision.

“It’s looking like they are not going to honor the tradition this year,” she wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post, according to Vanity Fair. “It breaks my heart.”

Honestly, we don’t blame Janney for her response. Most actresses dream of hoisting a nearly worthless Oscar statue, and for the Academy to revoke that tradition would get us upset, too.

Which movie will win best picture?

Roma director Alfonso Cuaron
Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma has the inside track to win for best picture at the 2019 Academy Awards. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Before we reveal the Oscar odds for best picture, we have to mention one thing — you can’t legally bet on the Academy Awards in Las Vegas.

“They have a thing where they’re very, very careful,” Benjamin Eckstein, the creator and writer of America’s Line, tells A.V. Club. “The Nevada Gaming Commission does not allow any bets or wagers on events for which the results are already known. PricewaterhouseCoopers, the people who come out every time with the briefcase, knows the results. Not that it ever leaks out, but it could. If it did, it could be a real black eye.”

However, you can place a wager online with any one of a dozen or more gambling sites. One film has the best Oscar odds for best picture.

Roma remains the odds-on favorite to win, just like it was before awards season kicked into high gear. It’s Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical drama shot in black-and-white, and it’s Netflix’s first best picture nominee. That means you can watch it at home anytime, provided you have a Netflix account.

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