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Kevin Hart says 2019 Oscars host job is ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

LOS ANGELES: Comedian Kevin Hart will host next year’s Oscar ceremony for the first time, the “Ride Along” actor said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars,” Hart wrote. The Academy Awards are the film industry’s highest honors. “So are we,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars, responded on Twitter. “Welcome to the family.” Hart, 39, who also starred in 2017 film “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” follows…

Jimmy Kimmel to return as Oscars host

LOS ANGELES: Late night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars, the Academy said on Tuesday, as the glitzy annual show moves on from the biggest mix-up in its history. The 49-year-old comedian will be reunited with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd for the 90th Academy Awards, which will take place on March 4, 2018. This year's telecast ended in chaos after the wrong movie was announced as best picture, but neither Kimmel nor the producers were at fault for the fiasco. "If you think we…

WATCH: This is how the Oscars’ trophy is created!

The Oscar statuette—true to its original 1929 design—is the most recognized trophy in the world. Each January, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the Academy Awards. Interest and anticipation builds to a fevered pitch leading up to the Oscar telecast in February, when hundreds of millions of movie lovers tune in to watch the glamorous ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in filmmaking. In the very same month, new ones are cast by Polich Tallix fine art…

US bars Syrian White Helmets cinematographer from attending Oscars

ISTANBUL: The United States has barred a Syrian cinematographer who worked on an Oscar-nominated documentary from entering the country to attend the Academy Awards ceremony. Khaled Khatib, 21, was granted a US visa and was scheduled to depart from the Turkish city Istanbul on Saturday before US officials reportedly discovered "derogatory information" about him. US Department of Homeland Security at the last minute blocked Khatib from traveling to Los Angeles, saying he now needed a new passport waiver. Derogatory…

Five things to watch at this year’s Oscars bash

LOS ANGELES: It's no secret that "La La Land" is the big favorite to earn major Oscars glory on Sunday. But there are other stories sure to unfold on Hollywood's biggest night. Here are five things to watch for: Clean sweep for 'La La Land'?  "La La Land," Hollywood's love letter to itself, heads into the Oscars with a record-tying 14 nominations. The whimsical musical romance is favored to win the most coveted best picture prize, beating out fellow frontrunners "Moonlight" and "Manchester by the Sea," as well as six…

Iran actress to boycott Oscars over ‘racist’ Trump visa ban

TEHRAN: The Iranian star of Oscar-nominated film "The Salesman" said Thursday she would boycott the awards in protest at President Donald Trump's "racist" ban on Muslim immigrants. "Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest," tweeted Taraneh Alidoosti, the film's 33-year-old lead actress. Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not,I won't attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in…