Were The Oscars Better Without a Host?

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After the Kevin Hart controversy, the Academy decided it would just be easier to proceed without a host at all. Both the audience in attendance and the audience watching at home were on the edge of their seats wondering if a host-less Oscars would turn out to be a disaster. Surprisingly, many people feel the ceremony was even better without a host.   

Were the Oscars shorter this year?

Though the Oscars still clocked in at about three hours, this year’s show was able to fit more in and wrap up at a comparatively reasonable 11:15 pm Eastern time.

Without a host, the flow of the show felt more efficient–no strange ‘bits’ dragged on for too long.

“A third of the total number of awards were presented in the first hour of the telecast, and the pace was pretty much kept up throughout. The broadcast wasn’t quite nothing but awards either. That first hour gave us the rocking opening from Queen and we got some of the Best Picture presentations as well. We even got something resembling an opening monologue from Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph,” reported Cinema Blend.

An opening song instead of a monologue

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Oscar opening monologues have been hit and miss over the years. Some viewers really preffered an opening performance over a clunky monologue.

“This year, we were spared the familiar ritual of half-smiling, half-squirming through an opening monologue (and often, an opening video skit as well) by hosts who either knew how to read the room (Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres) or prided themselves on not trying (David Letterman, Seth “I Saw Your Boobs” McFarlane),” reviewed Vulture. “ And it was now easier to recognize that committing to a host also meant committing to a series of human-shaped speed bumps that must be surmounted between categories, after ad breaks, and deep into the telecast, when it invariably became clear that things were running long again and that, according to tradition, someone would have to go onstage and make a self-deprecating joke about how things were running long again.”

There was a wide array of presenters

Because there wasn’t a traditional host, the show got to utilize a wide array of presenters.

“In a Grammys-like opening, Queen and Adam Lambert rocked you a room full of Hollywood’s elite. Then, Rudolph, Fey and Poehler swooped in, perfectly tossing out jokes about everything from Spanx in your “Spider-verse” to Bradley Cooper peeing himself. We saw Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry, dressed in ridiculous period pieces, hand out the award for Best Costume Design to Ruth Carter of “Black Panther.” We watched Khaleesi herself, Emilia Clarke, brag about her dragons while introducing performer Jennifer Hudson. We giggled as James McEvoy and Danai Gurira showed off their vocal intonations during the sound categories. We smiled as Keegan Michael Key floated down into the auditorium under an umbrella, a la Mary Poppins. We chuckled as Mike Myers and Dana Carvey revived their ‘Wayne’s World’ characters,” reports The Huffington Post.  

There was a little something for everyone.  

The ceremony was actually about filmmaking

In past years, we’ve been so caught up in who was hosting the Oscars that it was easy to forget the point of the evening. The Oscars are a celebration of filmmaking. Without a host, for the first time in a long time, there was an emphasis on the art again. There weren’t as many little distractions.

“This year, there were no host egos to get stroked, and so the awards telecast was able to focus on the actual awards,” said Cinema Blend.

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