Unconventional Oscars Ceremony to Cap Controversial Awards Season

February 22, 2019

By Chloe Aiello

In less than three days, the Academy Awards ceremony will put an end to what has been a memorably controversial awards season ー and it's already shaping up to be a unique show.

For the first time since 1989, there will be no host.

Kevin Hart withdrew from the gig following public outcry over a series of homophobic tweets from his past. Ellen DeGeneres invited Hart to rethink his decision, but the social media backlash proved too much of an obstacle.

It is unclear how the hosting duties will be handled but rumor has it that some faces from outside the realm of Hollywood could make an appearance during the ceremony.

Among other uncertainties, Netflix's ($NFLX) "Roma" is in the running for best picture ー winning that distinguished award would surely be a game changer for tech giant Netflix. Among the other contenders is Disney's ($DIS) "Black Panther," the first superhero movie to ever be nominated in that category.

Whatever happens, it will surely be an unconventional show. Perhaps the intrigue will even drive viewership, which would prove an unexpected boon for a show that has seen ratings dive in recent years.