10 Reasons Why Everyone's Talking About the Oscars This Year — and What You Need to Know

PEOPLE.com | 2/22/2019 | Staff
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The Oscars always generate buzz around predictions, snubs and performers in the months leading up to the star-studded event. But this year, Hollywood A-listers and fans alike are talking about the 91st Academy Awards for some other reasons — specifically, the lack of a host, in addition to protests over the Academy’s decision to present four popular categories during commercial breaks (which they later backtracked on).

With all the back-and-forth, it’s been difficult to keep up with exactly what to expect from this year’s show. To get you up to speed, here’s a rundown on what everyone’s buzzing about ahead of Hollywood’s biggest night.

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1. Why isn’t Kevin Hart hosting?

Shortly after the comedian was confirmed to host the show, he came under fire for resurfaced tweets containing homophobic statements. Hart then refused to apologize, stating that he had addressed the issue in the past and would not capitulate to the request for him to do so again in order to move forward.

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“The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times. This is not the first time this has come up. I’ve addressed it. … I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it. I’ve done it,” Hart said in a video shared on Instagram.

He then announced he was stepping down from the event, and eventually did say he was sorry. “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past,” he tweeted. “I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

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Rumors continued to circulate that he would ultimately be returning to host, especially after an appearance on The Ellen...
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