If you’ve been following the news as of late when it comes to the Oscars, you know that this has certainly been a very busy (and controversial) time. Maybe some of that will die down over the weeks ahead, but to be honest we doubt it.
Anyway, the first list of presenters have been announced for the show airing on Sunday, February 28, and there are at least a few names in here that are relevant to what we’re talking about at CarterMatt: Tina Fey, Kevin Hart, and recent “American Horror Story” star Lady Gaga, who is nominated for Best Song. Both Fey and Hart have a pretty robust TV resume, but they’re also great go-to presenters at awards shows thanks to their quick timing. Our guess is that they’ll pre-write some bits, but can change them based on the flow of the evening.
Fey is in particular an interesting choice, given that she is a three-time Golden Globes co-host who has already said that she doesn’t want the same gig at the Academy Awards. Why? One reason could be the way in which critics tend to attack this show, and there’s little upside.
Chris Rock is still set to host the show from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, where of course we expect some more jokes about the lack of diversity among the nominees to be made. We should also point out thank Ryan Gosling is going to present, but we’re not going to spend too much time talking about the Oscars through the lens of movie stars. It’s just not we tend to focus on here.