KEVIN HART STEPS DOWN AS HOST OF OSCARS AFTER ‘INSENSITIVE’ TWEETS RESURFACE – (12/07/2018)
Last night (December 6th), Kevin Hart announced that he will no longer be hosting the Oscars next year after receiving backlash for some “insensitive” tweets he posted from 2010 and 2011 . The comedian was being criticized for reportedly deleting the tweets and refused to apologize. One alleged tweet from 2011 read, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay’.”
Kevin initially responded in an Instagram video saying that he has grown and is not the same person he was eight years ago. He said, [“I swear man, our world is becoming beyond crazy. …Guys, I’m almost 40 years old. If you don’t believe that people don’t change, grow and evolve as they get older, I don’t know what to tell you.”
He continued, [“If you wanna hold people in a position where they always have to justify and explain their past, do you! I’m the wrong guy, man. I’m in a great place … all I do is spread positivity. If you’re not doing that, you’re not on my page.”
KEVIN SAYS THE OSCARS GAVE HIM AN ULTIMATUM
A couple of hours after Kevin released the video on Instagram, he released another one saying that the Academy gave him an ultimatum. He explained via IG, [So I just got a call from the Academy and that call basically said apologize for your tweets of old or we’re gonna have to move on and find another host. I chose to pass. I passed on the apology. “
He continued, [“The reason why I passed because I’ve addressed it several times … I’m not gonna continue to go back and tap into the days of old when I moved on and I’m in a completely different space in my life. …I’m not gonna do it man. … Regardless, Academy I’m appreciate of the opportunity and if it goes away, no harm no foul.”
KEVIN STEPS DOWN
At around midnight, Kevin released a statement saying that he will no longer be hosting the show. He said, “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”
He continued, “I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”
SNUBS AND SURPRISES IN GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS – (12/07/2018)
Awards season is off and running! The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced, with the help of celeb ambassadors Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann and Christian Slater, the nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes ceremony.
Vice leads the pack with six nominations, including nods for best director (Adam McKay), Best Actor (Christian Bale) and Best Musical/Comedy. A Star Is Born received five nominations, including nods for Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Black Panther was nominated for three awards, including Best Motion Picture, Drama.
Oscar winner Charlize Theron got a nod for Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for her role in Tully.
Rosamund Pike was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama for her part in A Private War.
As ever, among the good news for some, there were snubs for other. First Man’s Ryan Gosling, Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan missed nominations for Best Actor, while Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler were also overlooked. Observers also voiced surprise that Oscar winner Viola Davis didn’t get a nod for Widows, and John Krasinski missed out on A Quiet Place.
The entire cast of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was passed over … even Meryl Streep. Amanda Seyfried’s other film, First Reformed, was shut out.
Also not nominated: Julia Roberts for Ben Is Back, Toni Collette for Hereditary, Ryan Reynolds for Once Upon a Deadpool, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie for Mary Queen of Scots.
The 76th Golden Globe Awards will air live from The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6 on NBC. Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg are set to host, replacing Seth Meyers, who did the honors last year. The pair presented the Emmy for Best Direction in a Comedy Series in September, prompting many to put Oh and Samberg on their host wish-list.
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