Thursday, May 23, 2024

Oscars Recruit Kevin Hart, The Weeknd, Whoopi Goldberg to Present

Kevin Hart takes part in SiriusXM's "Town Hall" with Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and Olivia Munn at the SiriusXM Studios on January 13, 2016 in New York City.
Kevin Hart takes part in SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” with Kevin Hart, Ice Cube and Olivia Munn at the SiriusXM Studios on January 13, 2016 in New York City.

*The Oscars managed to find five people of color (so far) to present during its Feb. 28 ceremony.

Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Hart, Benicio del Toro, The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams were among the first presenters announced today.

Tina Fey, Ryan Gosling, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Charlize Theron and Jacob Tremblay were also revealed as presenters for the 88th annual ceremony.

“Each of these artists brings a wonderfully distinctive element to the Oscars stage,” the show’s producer David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in making the announcement. “Together they represent the many thrilling ways stories can be shared about the human experience, and we’re honored they will be part of the celebration.”

Because of the lack of non-white nominees in the acting categories and the resulting #OscarsSoWhite controversy, there have been some calls for a boycott of the Chris Rock-hosted ceremony. But Goldberg, an Oscar winner and past host, has said on “The View” that while she was upset about the nominees’ lack of diversity, she didn’t support a boycott, especially with Rock hosting.

“Boycotting doesn’t work, and it’s also a slap in the face to Chris Rock,” she said. “I find that also wrong. So I’m not going to boycott, but I’m going to continue to bitch, as I have, all year round, because I’m tired of seeing movies where no one is represented except a bit of the population.”

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