"Ironically, the lack of clarity surrounding the Oscars has kept the Oscars really in the conversation and the mystery has been compelling".
According to reports, the Oscars will not have a host this year after the Kevin Hart controversy.
Oscars season is almost upon us and after much speculation over who will be presenting perhaps the biggest awards-show of the year, the names have finally been announced. "The producers chose to wisely not have a host and have the presenters and the movies be the stars".
Burke also admitted going host-less for the Oscars made her nervous but said, "It no longer does". "The producers, I think, wisely chose to not have the host and just have presenters and let the movies be the stars". "People really care", she said.
"Award shows ratings are down across the board, so it is a challenge, and one that we have to keep very vigilant about, to make sure the show stays relevant and entertaining", she said. "It's fascinating. We're going to see a big turnout for this because these are big, popular movies who are being nominated". The main goal, which I was told, was the Academy promised ABC past year after a very lengthy telecast to keep the show to three hours.
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